The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

I had such high hopes for 'The Miniaturist', lured in by its intriguing premise of mystery and feminism unfolding from a tapestry of 17th-century Amsterdam, and its beautiful, intricate cover...

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

Zoe Collins is like every other teenage girl, but with one difference; she has a dark secret that she can’t tell anyone. The only way she can cope with the guilt is to hide away in her garden shed...

Sorry by Zoran Drvenkar

Sorry by Zoran Drvenkar

'Sorry' is an unusual crime novel that captures the imagination and chills the blood. Four friends set up an agency called Sorry, Call the number, and the team will apologise on for your wrongs...

Five favourites of 2012

2012 was a good reading year for me – I set myself a challenge to read 100 books and I made it, just. Here’s a short list of five titles released last year that really stood out...

Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet by Susan Cain

Western society has for a long time modelled itself to create and complement extroverts. For some, this is ideal. For the introvert, it's a completely different story...