The Year Is ’42 by Nella Bielski

The Nazi occupation of Paris during World War Two: Karl Bazinger, an urbane, well-travelled 48-year old German army officer, treats his time in the French capital as a sort of cultural exchange rather than an invasion. He is too busy conducting an affair and holding court in various languages at fashionable salons to worry about the war – but…

Two-And-A-Half Men In A Boat by Nigel Williams

Nigel Williams is presented with an unexpected £28,000 tax bill. This is not good news. Quite bad, in fact. He determines to recoup at least some of the money – and perhaps reduce his stress levels, although this is in question, as he doesn’t really like holidays – by taking a rowing holiday on the Thames with two friends, documentary maker…

I Am No One by Patrick Flanery

Just because Professor Jeremy O’Keefe is paranoid does not mean they aren’t out to get him. I am a sucker for New York-set novels and stories of academics in distress: I Am No One combines both. By the time we meet O’Keefe, he has just returned to his native US after a decade teaching at…