Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

 Maud is in her eighties, has lived in the same English coastal town since childhood, and has dementia. Her equally elderly friend Elizabeth is missing, she is sure of it. The scrawled notes she keeps in her pocket and around the house tell her so although no-one seems to be doing anything about it. As with Christopher Nolan’s Memento, we…

The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse

 ‘Do not be afraid. I am watching you.’ Things like this don’t happen in Chichester, muses Harry Woolston in Kate Mosse’s The Taxidermist’s Daughter. Harry only thinks that because he is one of very few characters in this macabre, enjoyable novel who has absolutely nothing to hide. His respectable father – a dull pillar of Chichester society – certainly might, and he…

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

England during the early 18th century: the Napoleonic Wars rage and the country is in peril. Enter Mr Norrell, a reclusive and pedantic Yorkshire wizard determined to see the practice of magic brought back to its former standing in the public imagination. London society is enthralled and enthused by him – for this is an alternative history, in…

Dickens In The Other Room

No less a person than Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has called 2015 ‘The Year Of Books’. And who are mere mortals and non-billionaires to argue with that? We are honoured to have him on board. Welcome, Mark. Who knows what all those other years were for? Who cares? Anyway, in the next 12 months the masterplan from the secret mountain…