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I'm always fascinated to know what other people are reading, and like many authors I usually have several books on the go at once. In fact, I get palpitations if I don't!


My tastes vary enormously, sometimes depending on what stage in the writing process I'm at myself... If I'm writing a first draft I try to steer clear of books which are in the same genre as my own, so I'll go for a nice juicy thriller instead. But if I'm editing then pretty much anything goes! The selection here is just a small sample of what I've been reading over recent weeks.

Miss Benson's Beetle

Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce

Notes from an Exhibition

Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale

Golden Hill

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford

Moonflower Murders

Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell

Force of Nature

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

The Devil and the Dark Water

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Leave the World behind

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

The Offing

The Offing by Benjamin Myers

After You'd Gone

After You'd Gone by Maggie O'Farrell

The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Never Look Back

Never Look Back by Mary Burton

A Man With One of Those Faces

A Man With One of Those faces by Caimh McDonnell

The Murder Game

The Murder game by Rachel Abbott

One Good Turn

One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

The Crossing Places

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

The Raw Shark Texts

The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall

The Word is Murder

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Crooked Heart

Crooked heart by Lissa Evans

Case Histories

Case histories by Anthony Horowitz


Figuring by Maria Popover

False Value

False Value by Ben Aaronovitch

A Dozen Second Chances

A Dozen Second Chances by Kate Field

The Prisoner of Heaven

The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Levels

The Levels by Helen Pendry


Restless by William Boyd

Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

The Binding

The Binding by Bridget Collins


Overstory by Richard Powers


Timbuktu by Paul Auster

Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Brazzaville Beach

Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd

The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher

Then She Was Gone

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Life: An Exploded Diagram

Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet


Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott

Mr Vertigo

Mr Vertigo by Paul Auster

Mr Godley's Phantom

Mr Godley's Phantom by Mal Peet

The Seven Death of Evelyn Hardcastle

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Man I Fell In Love With

The Man I Fell In Love With by Kate Field

Lies Sleeping

Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings

A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings by Helen Jukes

The Angel's Game

The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Letters to a Beekeeper

Letters To a Beekeeper by Alys Fowler and Steve Benbow

The Music Shop

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

Shadow of the Wind

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Rivers of London

Rivers Of London by Ben Aaronovitch


Stoner by John Williams

The Wisdom of Trees

The Wisdom of Trees by Max Adams.


Consolations by David Whyte.

The Ballad of Lee Cotton

The Ballad of Lee Cotton by Christopher Wilson

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