1. N-W, Zadie Smith (Currently reading)
Described as a portrait of modern urban life, this follows four Londoners who went to the same school, but find themselves living very different lives. From the blurb: ‘Yet after a chance encounter they each find that the choices they’ve made, the people they once were and are now, can suddenly, rapidly unravel.’
2. 22 Britannia Road, Amanda Hodgkinson
After WW2, Silvana and her son travel to England from Poland after years spent hiding in the forests to survive. She is planning to meet up with her husband, who is haunted by experiences of his own.
3. The Blood Dimmed Tide, Anthony Quinn
Haunted by the spirit of a murdered Irish girl, W. B. Yeats returns to Ireland to track down her killer. From the blurb: ‘Surrounded by spies, occultists and Irish rebels, the two are led on a gripping journey along Ireland’s wild Atlantic coats, through the ruins of its abandoned estates, and into its darkest, most haunted corners.’
4. The Long Earth, Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
An invention that will change the world forever: ‘a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a… potato.’ Haven’t read any Terry Pratchett in a while (RIP), so I picked this up on a whim.
5. The English Marriage, Tales of Love, Money and Adultery, Maureen Waller
A social history of marriage, from abusive husbands to tales of devoted love. Picked up because I’m a sucker for social history and the everyday lives of people in the past; it’s the part of history that appeals to me the most.