Winter by Patrick Gale
The Jewel by Catherine Czerkawska
The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Burial Rights by Hannah Kent
Let Me Tell You about a Man I Knew by Susan Fletcher
• The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna
Some of our favourites...
Witch Light by Susan Fletcher (paperback, £7.99)
A fictional tale based loosely on historical events surrounding the massacre at Glencoe, this is the story of one of the survivors, Corrag, a young girl in jail awaiting trial as a witch. Susan Fletcher's lyrical writing style is at its most moving in this atmospheric, compassionate and compelling novel which somehow captures the essence of Glencoe itself – wild, lonely and beautiful.
Where My Wellies Take Me by Claire and Michael Morpurgo (hardback, £17.99)
This is a collection of the authors' favourite poems, woven into the story of a nine year old girl going for a walk around her village in rural Devon. Much of the book's appeal lies in the delightful illustrations by Olivia Lomenach Gill who spent two years working on the inventive and original artwork with its subtle colour palette, different textures and fold-out pages. A lovely book and one to treasure for both children and adults.
The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness (paperback, £8.99)
This engaging political novel is fantastically well-written and paced like a thriller. It concerns a young Englishman's experiences during the collapse of the corrupt Ceausescu regime in 1980s Bucharest as he is drawn deeper into the extraordinary lives of his Romanian colleagues, by turns tragic and absurd. Both chillingly authentic and a thoroughly entertaining