Already on social media I am seeing messages asking advice on books for holiday reading. Here are ten novels that I highly recommend. All but Kill The Devil has. quote from my reviews, over this past year.
CLAIRE KEEGAN - SMALL THINGS LIKE THESE
“preaching from outside the walls of the church, and indeed at the hypocrisy inside it”
MICHAEL MAGEE - CLOSE TO HOME
"Michael Magee has gifted us a direct journey into the heart of a community and the soul of one young man’s attempt to get over the hurdles in his way to a life fulfilled."
MICHELLE GALLEN - FACTORY GIRLS
"Factory Girls? Where do I start? What is it? Comedy? Troubles Literature? Social commentary? Political? The truth is that it is everything and more."
JOSEPH O’CONNOR - MY FATHER’S HOUSE
"Forgiveness might be the most important word, the most vital key, to what gives us resolution, healing and peace in our personal souls and across societies. O’Connor throws in a profound tuppence worth!"
SUE DIVIN - TRUTH BE TOLD
"No spoilers but plot unfolds in the difficulties that Tara and Faith have to deal with in their own souls, their weird relationship and in their families and communities. There are revelations within that we all need to take stock of."
BOB MORTIMER - THE SATSUMA COMPLEX
"Mortimer doing the tall tale well and making it very funny is no surprise. What is more impressive is how he weaves the plot, mysteriously building, ever intriguing and, by the end, page turning gripping."
LOUISE KENNEDY - TRESPASSES
"Kennedy has arrived fully formed as a gifted writer. She sets it in 1975 with a real eye for detail. That detail is in every scene in every page of every swing and turn. There is a feeling that you are there, involved wanting to give an opinion, whisper advice, scream!"
AMOR TOWLES - THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY
"Towles is kinda an old school novelist with a modern way with his script."
TONY MACAULEY & JUVENS NSABIMANA - KILL THE DEVIL
Killing the Devil is a good thing but before you do you need to be sure who the devil is. A book about love verses revenge, universally applicable across our world.
RICHARD OSMAN - THE BULLET THAT MISSED
"Osman’s most ginormous genius, maybe even as huge as himself, is the way he weaves underground crimes, kidnappings, guns and death threats into a foundation of comfort, humour and warmth."