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I HEARD THE OWL CALL MY NAME by Margaret Craven
A modern Canadian classic which deals with the experiences of a young priest assigned to a remote Indian community whose culture is being broken down by modern civilization.
THE GHOST ROAD by Pat Barker
The 1995 Booker Prize winner. The starkly written story looks at the role of war in culture, and how war engulfs men’s lives.
LAST ORDERS by Graham Swift
A Booker prize winner, this tells the story of a group of men carrying out the ‘last orders’ of their friend. The history of each man’s friendship with the dead man is revealed before his final resting place is reached.
THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A classic story of the ‘great American dream’, which is as current today as in the twenties.
LAMBS OF GOD by Marele Day
Some nuns live in an old convent on an island, forgotten by everyone. Then a bright young priest comes to assess the property for development and the nuns’ way of life is threatened. A delightful tale.
THE MOON AND SIXPENCE by Somerset Maugham
This 1919 classic is a novel which is based loosely on the life of Paul Gauguin. Interesting characters, and an enlightening look at the morals of the time.
THE DRESSMAKER by Rosalie Ham
She returns home to an isolated 1950’s Australian country town to see her mother. Before she leaves, she has turned the place upside down. Quirky and amusing.
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT by Erich Maria Remarque
The classic novel of the Great War, told from a German viewpoint, but universal in its ideas and conclusions.
YEAR OF WONDERS by Geraldine Brooks
Set in the Plague Year of 1665, this novel is based on the actual events in the village of Eyam, which isolated itself from the world so as not to spread the plague. An unusual and absorbing read.
THE QUIET AMERICAN by Graham Greene
A ‘classic’ of modern times, set in Vietnam, prior to ‘the’ war. A ‘must read’.
OLD FILTH by Jane Gardam
Eddie was sent home from the colonies (Borneo) as a five-year-old, put with child minders, then sent to school. He only saw his father once in the next fifteen years. What effect did this have on him as a man? Or on other RAJ orphans as they were known. A great read.
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS by Sara Gruen
A story of Circus in the 1930s in America. Romance, Drama, Murder Intrigue…It has it all.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee
A modern classic. Set in the U.S. in the 1930s Deep South, it is a story of racial divisions and a man who stands by his principles.
THE BROKEN SHORE by Peter Temple
A crime thriller by an award-winning Australian writer, this story deals with recognizable characters and real-life situations.
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BRIDGE by Mary Lawson
This is another Canadian story – a family story. The main character is Arthur, the dutiful, reserved elder son. His brother Jake is a charming lazy ne’er do well whose aim in life seems to be to blight Arthur’s hopes and dreams. We read of their lives as others in the community who come in contact with them. A great study of character and places.
GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY By Mary Ann Schaffer
Told in a series of letters, this is a story of experiences of Guernsey’s people during the war. The characters are well drawn, and there is a bit of romance and intrigue. Charming.
BREATH by Tim Winton
A beautifully written tale set in the southwest of W.A., it explores the motivation and mindset of those who pursue extreme sports- in this case, surfing.
THE WOMEN IN BLACK by Madeleine St John
A piece of social history set in Sydney in the 1950’s. Looks at the lives of the ladies who work in the frock department of a large store.
THE SPARE ROOM by Helen Garner
What happens when you offer your spare room for a short time to a friend suffering from cancer? This reads like a diary, but the story evolves like a novel.
THE MERRY GO ROUND IN THE SEA by Randolph Stow
A ‘classic’ of Australian literature of the 20th century. Set in Geraldton, it chronicles the 1941-1949, and how everyone’s life changed to some degree over some time.
REMARKABLE CREATURES by Tracy Chevalier
Another fiction based on fact from this author. Gives a great picture of life in early 19th century England, especially of the role and place of women in society. Two women who develop a passion for collecting fossils, and how they turn the scientific world on its head, provide the focus of the story.
THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS by John Buchan
This classic is regarded as the forerunner to the modern thriller with the hero on the run while trying to prove his innocence. Interesting to compare it with today’s thrillers.
PAST THE SHALLOWS by Favel Parrett
Set in a fishing community in southern Tasmania, this is the sad story of three boys whose father is bitter and whose life is falling apart.
THE HARE WITH AMBER EYES by Edmund de Waal
Part biography, part family history, the author has traced the ownership of a netsuke collection within his family. In so doing, he recreates the period in which his forebears lived (Paris in the late 1800’s, Vienna 1900 to 1938) and in so doing, chronicles the rise of anti-Semitism in these cities. He also describes Japan’s emergence from the war.
A MOVEABLE FEAST by Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway’s last book is a memoir of the years he spent in Paris in the 1920’s. His poverty, drinking and gambling are mentioned, as are all the other writers living there at the time – Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound etc.
MY DEAR, I WANTED TO TELL YOU by Louisa Young
A moving and stark depiction of the horrors of World War One, and its’ effects on people, both men and women. It also reflects class attitudes of the time, and the redeeming power of love.
HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Jamie Ford
Set in the U.S. before and during World War 2 the story centres round the Chinese and Japanese who had made the West Coast States their home. The Japanese were interned into camps as the enemy, and this dislocated many lives and relationships.
ALL THAT I AM by Anna Funder
This novel is about people who really lived – Socialists who left Germany when Hitler came to power – Journalist, writers etc. Their life in 1930’s Britain was fraught with danger.
THE CAT’S TABLE by Michael Ondaatje
Three young boys are let loose on a ship travelling to England with minimal adult supervision. Their experiences during that journey colour their subsequent lives.
HOUSE OF FICTION by Suzanne Swingler
This is a fascinating tale of real life. Suzanne Swingler is Leonard Jolley’s daughter, and this is her story of how she and her mother were left behind when Leonard went off with Elizabeth. You’ll not read one of Elizabeth’s stories in quite the same way again!
GARDEN OF EVENING MISTS by Tan Twan Eng
This story ranges over time from World War 11 to the 1990’s. Set in the Malaysian Cameron Highlands, it is the story of a garden and an unlikely romance.
BLACKWATTLE CREEK by Geoffrey McGeachin
Set in Victoria, this book has a strong cast of character, and a good picture of Australia at that time. The mystery revolves around the ‘A’ bomb tests at Maralinga, and the paranoia about ‘the reds under the beds’ at the time.
TOBY’S ROOM by Pat Barker
Set against the backdrop of W.W.1 the main characters, suffer grief and loss which changes their lives.
MORNINGS IN JENIN by Susan Abulhawa
A sad chronicle of relations between Palestinians and Jews from 1945 to today.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE By Maggie O’Farrell
Dad has disappeared, and the family are all back together for the first time for years. Secrets are revealed, problems are solved. Great characters.
NINE DAYS by Toni Jordan
In this Australian tale set in Melbourne, we follow the fortunes of one family over three generations. The characters are well drawn, and wit is well mixed with disappointment and sorrow.
THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simpson
Told through the eyes of Don Tillman, a high functioning Asberger’s sufferer, this story is very amusing as he tells of his search for a wife. Behind the amusement, however, is an illumination of the way people like Don function, so that we can have more understanding.
THE COAT ROUTE… by Meg Lukens Noonan
This is non-fiction – the story of the author’s tracing the elements making up a special overcoat – the fabric – its production, the lining and the history of the silk industry, the making of the buttons and so on. In all, it is a fascinating history of the bespoke tailoring industry, and some of the people involved.
ZERO AT THE BONE by David Whish Wilson
Set in Perth during the 80’s mining boom, this exposes Perth’s “underbelly” at the time. Frank Swann, an ex-detective, is engaged to investigate a suicide, and becomes involved in a much broader plot.
THE NIGHT GUEST by Fiona McFarlane
A book in which “what’s real and what’s imagined are terrifyingly difficult to distinguish”. Ruth is an elderly lady living alone in an isolated house. Her life is gradually “taken over” by Frieda, a carer, as she slides into dementia.
ALL THE BIRDS, SINGING by Evie Wyld
Told in two parts – past and present – Jake’s story will arouse plenty of discussion. This was the 2014 Miles Franklin Award winner.
LIST OF MY DESIRES by Gregoire Delacourt
Having won the lottery, Jocelyne is unable to tell her family, or decide what to do with the money. As you can imagine, troubles ensure.
BURIAL RITES by Hannah Kent
When a woman is convicted of complicity in a murder, she is sent to live with a family until her execution. This is a true story set in Iceland in 1829. Hannah Kent has imagined the effect of all this on the people involved.
THE UNDERTAKING by Audrey Magee
“An emotionally powerful portrait of two people holding on to the possibility of love and family in the midst of war. “(Financial Times). The story is set in Germany during World War 2.
NORA WEBSTER by Colm Toibin
The story of a woman coming to terms with her grief and finding herself after her husband’s death.
THE SHOCK OF THE FALL by Nathan Filer
Matthew’s life changed forever when his brother falls over a cliff. Is it his fault or just an unfortunate accident?
CANNERY ROW by John Steinbeck
Life on the fringe of a fishing town breeds its own sense of community – with a cast of great characters.
MRS HEMINGWAY by Naomi Wood
Biographies of the four women who in turn become “Mrs Hemingway”.
THE GOLDEN AGE by Joan London
In the early 1950’s, a polio rehabilitation hospital for children was located in Leederville in an old hotel – “The Golden Age”. This tale imagines some of the inmates, their families and their lives. (Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Prize).
LOVE IN SMALL LETTERS by Francesc Murailles
A light-hearted tale by a Portuguese writer, shows us how one small act can ultimately change our lives.
NOT FORGETTING THE WHALE by John Ironmonger
Joe is washed up naked on the beach of a remote village in Cornwall. His arrival is the catalyst for change in the community, bringing them together. Funny and heart-warming.
THE ZOOKEEPER’S WAR by Steven Conte
Set in Berlin in the latter days of World War II, this story gives a graphic picture of the lives and hardships of the citizens.
THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George
Jean Perdu has locked himself off from life for twenty years, then events propel him into a journey during which he re-joins the world.
UNBECOMING by Jenny Downham
Three generations of women, two of whom behave in an ‘unbecoming’ way. Covers several current issues.
MY SUNSHINE AWAY by M. O. Walsh
A book about being a teenager and growing up. Also, how parents’ actions impinge on the children and influence the type of adults they become.
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DU VOS by Dominic Smith
A story of art fraud, interleaved with the life story of a 16th century Dutch woman artist.
MY BRILLIANT FRIEND by Elena Ferrante
Two girls growing up in a Naples slum in the 1950s. The narrowness of their lives influences their life choices.
COMING RAIN by Stephen Daisley
An Award winner from a local writer. Set in the bush in W.A, it has some great characters, including a dingo.
FLIGHT OF DREAMS by Ariel Lawhon
The last flight of the Hindenburg is brought to life in this novel based on real people and events.
STORIES FROM SUBURBAN ROAD by Tom Hungerford
A classic short story collection from an eminent W.A. writer.
BRITT MARIE WAS HERE by Frederick Backman
Britt Marie, after being virtually ignored all her life, finds herself as a soccer coach in a dying village.
BLACK ROCK, WHITE CITY by A.S. Patrie
2016 Miles Franklin winner. The story of a refugee couple in Melbourne, their past and their gradual movement forward intro the future.
GLORIOUS HERESIES by Lisa McInerney
A gritty look at life in post financial collapse Ireland, people caught up in circumstances they can do little to change.
MOTHERING SUNDAY by Graham Swift
A little gem of a book tells us of the events of one Sunday in the mid 1920’s and the life of one of the characters thereafter.
WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley
Set in London in the 1800’s, this story borders on fantasy, but historically is correct. Mirrors society in Victoria England with well- developed characters.
THE SPINNING HEART by Donal Ryan
Told from the varying points of view of those involved, this story tells us of the impact of the financial collapse on a small Irish community.
THE DARK CIRCLE by Linda Grant
Set in a TB Sanatorium in southern England in the early days of the N.H.S. We meet a mixed group of patients and learn of the impact of streptomycin on TB, and on their lives.
GIRL WAITS WITH GUN by Amy Stewart
Based on actual characters and events, this story set in rural America, and tells the story of the Kopp sisters, being targeted by the local bad guy.
WOOLGROWER’S COMPANION by Joy Rhodes
Set in rural Australia, Post World War II, chronicles life on the land in difficult times.
NAPOLEON’S LAST ISLAND by Tom Keneally
An historical novel telling of Napoleon’s relationship with a young girl and her family on St Helena. The family later came to Australia.
RULES OF BACKYARD CRICKET by Jack Serong
Tale of crime and murder and the life of a young man who tried to live his life by the above rules.
GUSTAV SONATA by Rose Tremaine
The life story of a boy born in Switzerland in World War II. Describes life in those times and follows Gustav and his friend as they grow up.
TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT by Graham Greene
A staid retired bank manager meets his “aunt” at his mother’s funeral, and his life will never to be the same again.
AN ISOLATED INCIDENT by Emily Maguire
A young woman is brutally murdered in a quiet country town. We read of the next three months from the point of view of her sister and a journalist, till the murderer is revealed.
I LET YOU GO by Claire MacKintosh
An unusual “thriller” which will keep you reading into the night. Excellent.
THE OUTRUN by Amy Liptrot
The story of a young woman who returns to the Orkneys from London in an effort to escape her alcoholism. The natural world aids her recovery.
BENEATH THE PARISIAN SKIES by Alli Sinclair
A light romantic tale, set in the ballet world in Paris.
FAMILIAR THINGS by Hwang Sok-Yong
This Korean story is told from the viewpoint of a thirteen-year-old, after he and his mother are forced by poverty to live on a huge rubbish dump in order to survive.
MIDWINTER BREAK by Bernard MacLaverty
A couple take a weekend break in Amsterdam, and it becomes a pivotal point in their long marriage.
WARLIGHT by Michael Oondatje
Life during the latter stages of the war in London raises lots of questions for Nat and his sister Rachel. Many of these questions are answered when Nat grows up and investigates.
GOLDEN HILL by Francis Spufford
Set in the 17th century in New York, this is the story of a stranger who arrives with a mission. Interesting picture of the life of the times.
WHIPBIRD by Robert Drewe
A 160-year family reunion to the Cleary family and its offshoots sets the scene for an interesting day of events.
SMILE by Roddy Doyle
Lonely Victor meets a school contemporary in a bar and this prompts memories good and bad of school and the Christian Brothers.
NOONDAY by Pat Barker
A wartime story about the characters in Barkers previous 2 novels – “Life Class” and “Toby’s Room” and their lives and actions in wartime London.
60 SECONDS by Jesse Blackadder
60 seconds is how long it takes for a small child to drown. This novel explores the effects of such an event and the effect on the families involved.
THE YEAR OF THE FARMER by Rosalie Ham
Set in rural Eastern Australia, this story is about water and the control of it, as well as being a study of small-town life and politics.
THE PASSENGERS by Eleanor Lemprecht
Sarah went to the U.S. as a war bride in 1945. Now in her old age she’s returning to Australia on a cruise ship with her granddaughter. She tells her story as they travel.
THE BOOKSHOP by Penelope Fitzgerald
A decision to open a bookshop in a small rural town arouses many different reactions. Florence is fighting the locals, the elements and even the supernatural.
THE LAST MAN IN EUROPE by Dennis Glover
This biographical novel tells us of the life of George Orwell. his obsession with his writing, battles with ill health and eventual success just before his death at aged 46.
NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney
The story of the relationship between two young people from High School through to university, it faces many challenges – mainly due to outsiders but ends with hope.
LADY IN THE LAKE by Laura Lippman
Set in the 1960’s Baltimore, the story is about a middle-aged housewife and aspiring journalist who involves herself in the case of a murdered young woman which seems to have been forgotten.
TOO MUCH LIP by Melissa Lucashenko
The story of an indigenous family brought together by the impending death of their grandfather. Deals with many issues – the importance of family and country, racism, substance abuse, poverty and so on. Tragedy and comedy are well balanced.
THE ITALIAN TEACHER by Tom Rachman
A picture of a man –who dominates the art world – and his families-plural a true narcissist nothing matters but him- and his art. Well drawn characters, a cynical view of art dealers, artists and the art world in general, sad, amusing with a twist in the tail.
FAREWELL MY ORANGE by Iwaki Kei
A novel about immigrants, family and education, the central theme is really about the importance of language. Set in Australia the story centres about two women, one from Nigeria, the other from Japan and their relationship.
THE RULES OF SEEING by Joe Heap
This novel is about learning to see-in fact as one character was blind and also the other person finally recognizing reality. It has some flaws as a story but arouses good discussion.
AKIN by Emma Donohue
“Is blood thicker than water?” seems to be the question posed in this story. Noah Selvaggio, aged 79, finds himself responsible for his great nephew, Michael, just as he embarks on a trip to Nice, where his family came from. He is a reluctant carer with no experience of children, but his attitudes change gradually.
THE WHITE GIRL by Tony Birch
N.S.W. in the 1960’s and the treatment of people with aboriginal blood. Odette battles to prevent granddaughter Sissy being taken away from her.
THE WEEKEND by Charlotte Wood
Three friends come together at the beach house of a good friend who has died. Their task is to clean it out for Sale. Their relationships and stories are all revealed as the weekend passes.
LILIAN’S EDEN by Cheryl Adam
Set in N.S.W in the mid 20th Century, this is the story of a war bride and the family she finds herself part of.
REBECCA by Daphne Du Maurier
A ‘classic’ from the early 1950’s, set mainly in Cornwall. The house, Manderley is as much a character as the people who live there.
DELAYED RAYS OF A STAR by Amanda Lee Koe
Looks at the lives of three stars of the Thirties, and the toll of fame and politics on their careers.
SAVING MISSY by Beth Morley
Missy is an elderly, lonely women who finds it hard to let others into her life. As she does so, her life changes slowly, and she is able to re-establish contact with her children.
THERE WAS STILL LOVE by Favel Parrett
Love is what binds families even when they are at opposite ends of the world. Beautifully written story based on Parrett’s own family.
THE DANCING GIRLS by M.M Chouinard
A ‘Thriller’ of a different kind as we meet a serial killer who finds and tracks his victim online.
THE CHANGING ROOM by Christine Sykes
A modern story of the people involved in a charity providing suitable clothes for women needing to improve their appearance in order to get a job. The work changes lives as well as clothes.
MY BROTHER JACK by George Johnson
An Australian classic from the 1950’s telling of life in Australia in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
THE SALT PATH by Raynor Wenn
The account of the author’s walk on the coastal footpath of Southwest England with her ill husband, over about eighteen months. It recounts the countryside, the variety of people encountered, and the many challenges faced.
CONFESSIONS WITH BLUE HORSES by Sophie Hardach
How the mystery of their past lives in East Berlin are solved by Ella and Tobi as they unravel their family story.
HOW WE DISAPPEARED by Jing Jing Lee
Lee Recounts the story of young women taken from their homes in Malaysia by the Japanese during World War 2. Listed for several prizes.
THURSDAY MURDER CLUB by Richard Osman
A light-hearted look at the life in an upper-class retirement village. The club go from revisiting ‘cold’ cases to investigating a couple of real murders – getting the local cops on side.
DOMINICANA by Angie Cruz
In the 1960’s, a 15-year-old girl is married off to a much older man who will take her to America- from the Dominican Republic. Her life which follows is anything but perfect.
THE YIELD by Tara June Winch
A look at Aboriginal life and culture from the winner of the 2020 Miles Franklin Award.
HERE WE ARE by Graham Swift
The life of a boy who becomes a magician working on Brighton Pier. He falls in love then disappears – why?
THE GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley
In the tradition of Agatha Christie, a group of people are gathered on a remote island off the Irish coast. Then the murderers begin. Who dunnit?
NIGHT BOAT TO TANGIER by Kevin Barry
Two Irish crooks (drug dealers) wait at the ferry terminal in Algeciras. They’re hoping to meet their ‘daughter’, they chat, and their stories are revealed as the night passes.
HOME STRETCH by Graham Norton
A young man flees his home in Ireland when he is threatened with his homosexuality being revealed. We follow his and his family’s story from the next thirty plus years, till he reaches the ‘home stretch’.
HONEY BEE by Craig Silvey
The story of a young ‘boy’ growing up believing he’s really a girl. Set in Perth, its an absorbing read.
DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS by Pip Williams
Starting with the compilation of the Oxford Dictionary, told by a girl whose father worked on it, this story takes us through the rise of the women’s suffrage movement, the first World War and after.
THE LOUDER I WILL SING by Lee Lawrence
What it meant to be black in England in the 1960’s. Lee’s life changed forever when his mother was shot and crippled by police. He has spent his life ever since fighting for justice for her. Won 2020 Costa Biography award.
HAMNET by Maggie O’Farrell
The imagined story of Shakespeare’s family, the loss of his son and life in Stratford in those times and why he wrote ‘Hamlet’
BEFORE YOU KNEW MY NAME by Jaqueline Bublitz
A debut novel by an Australian writer, this story explores the experiences of two women running away to New York. One ends up murdered, her body found by the other and then…
BASS ROCK by Evie Wyld
Winner of the Stella Prize in 2021, the lives of three women weave together over three centuries, linked by location and similar circumstances.
THE MAN IN THE RED COAT by Julian Barnes
A portrait of the Belle Epoque and a man who lived passionately in his time, but whose ideas were ahead of those times.
A TOWN LIKE ALICE by Neville Shute
An Australian classic, published in 1950. Starting in war torn Malaya, the story follows a couple in the years after the war till they finally reunite.
THE LABYRINTH by Amanda Lohrey
Miles Franklin award winner tells the story of a woman moving to a small seaside town to be close to the prison where her son is. She is trying to make sense of her life and the way forward through constructing a labyrinth.
UNSETTLED GROUND by Claire Fuller
A 71-year-old mother dies, leaving behind 51-year-old twins whose lives she has always controlled. They have to move on, as they find out their story is not as they have been led to believe.
NELLIE by Robert Wainwright
A biography of the Australian icon Nellie Melba. Tells of her battles for recognition as a singer, and within her private life.
THE PROMISE by Damon Galgut
This Booker prize winner is set in modern South Africa. The decline of the country is mirrored in the decline of a family, where a promise is not honoured for many years.
WHEN THE APRICOTS BLOOM by Gina Williams
Three women in Baghdad at the time of Saddam Hussein. They are trying to protect loved ones in a time of great danger and fear of the evil regime.
A BURNING by Megha Majumdar
A powerful, well written, sad inditement of life in modern India. When Jivan is falsely accused of terrorism the people she trusts, and the system fail to give her justice.
HEAL THE STORYTELLER by RA Roberts
This collection by a local writer includes short vignettes and sketches as well as varied stories, many reflecting the writer’s life.
CIRCUS OF WONDERS by Elizabeth Macneal
Set in Victorian England, the story reflects the fate of ‘freaks’ at that time. -Those that were physically different- The strong man, the fat lady etc. We also see the showmen who bought and sold them and controlled their lives.
SORROW AND BLISS by Meg Mason
The narrator here is trying to make sense of her life, feelings and behaviour, plagued by mental illness.
THE INSTANT by Amy Liptrot
A follow up memoir to ‘the outrun’, follows Amy to Berlin and the year spent there dealing with solitude and romance found online.
REMEMBER ME by Charity Norman
Emily returns home to NZ to help care for her father who has dementia. She finds herself pondering the disappearance of a woman twenty-five years before – and her fathers’ possible involvement.
THE ISLAND OF MISSING TREES by Elif Shafak
Examines questions of love and belonging through generational stories of young lovers in Cyprus – one Greek and Christian, the other Turkish and Muslim. Their story moves to Britain and follows on through time.
THE BREAD THE DEVIL KNEAD by Lisa Allen-Agostini
This Trinidadian writer brings us a tale of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse and other ‘hidden’ crimes and one woman’s determination to rise above all this.
SNOW by John Banville
Banville abandons his pseudonym of Benjamin Black in writing this crime novel. Set in 1951 it is almost a classic ‘country house mystery’. However, it delivers a complete picture of society in Ireland at the time.
LOVE AND VIRTUE by Diana Reid
A ‘campus novel’ which explores the issues of power, privilege, sex, and consent in university life. Two young women enter university life and enjoy one another’s company and ideas and explore new ideas – and compete on several levels. Witty and fast paced with a cast of bright well-formed characters.