These are the recommendations from recent years.
This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell (CD, EC)
A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Steward (CD)
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (CD)
The Trouble With Sheep And Goats (CD)
Late Summer In The Vineyard (CD)
Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
Small Great Things by Jodie Picoult (CD)
A Respectable Trade by Philippa Gregory is about the slave trade (“stays with you afterwards” – PJ)
Cutting For Stone by Abrham Verghese (PJ)
All The Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (CD)
At The Edge Of The Orchard by Tracey Chevalier (EC)
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (EC)
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (EC)
Elizabeth is Missing (NB) – a sensitive portrayal of a woman’s slide into dementia
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – about the black women who helped America win the space race
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin (EC and CD)
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (CD)
Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow by Daniel Kahnemann (BH)
Freakonomics by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner (NB – “Fascinating”)
Darkness Visible by William Golding (“The best book I’ve ever read” – BH)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (recommended by all of us)
The Tale of Edgar Sawtelle.(recommended by all of us)
The Help (CD, EC)
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (NB, EC)
The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer is recommended by Nicole and Nicky.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is recommended by Eefie who says “I quite often find myself thinking about it, vividly recalling certain scenes”.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler is recommended by Nicky and Catherine: “captivating, funny, shocking, beautifully written.”
Perfect by Rachel Joyce is recommended by Nicole.
Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is recommended by Nicky and others
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier