Our Top 10 books for adults
1. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
2. The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown
3. Cast Iron by Peter May Enzo Macleod 6
The new thriller from the author of Coffin Road, the Lewis trilogy.
In 1989, a killer dumped the body of twenty-year-old Lucie Martin into a picturesque lake in the West of France. Fourteen years later, during a summer heatwave, a drought exposed her remains – bleached bones amid the scorched mud and slime. No one was ever convicted of her murder. But now, forensic expert Enzo Macleod is reviewing this stone-cold case – the toughest of those he has been challenged to solve. When Enzo finds a flaw in the original evidence surrounding Lucie’s murder, he opens a Pandora’s box that not only raises old ghosts but endangers his entire family.
‘Western France – now May’s own stamping ground – is as much a character in the book as the Hebrides were in his formidable Isle of Lewis sequence’ The Guardian
4. The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory
Jane Grey was Queen of England for nine days. Using her position as cousin to the deceased king, her father and his conspirators put her on the throne ahead of the king’s half-sister Mary, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her crown and locked Jane in the Tower. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner’s block.
Praise for Philippa Gregory: `Meticulously researched and deeply entertaining, this story of betrayal and divided loyalties is Gregory on top form’ Good Housekeeping
`Gregory has popularised Tudor history perhaps more than any other living fiction writer…all of her books feature strong, complex women, doing their best to improve their lives in worlds dominated by men’ Sunday Times
`Engrossing’ Sunday Express `Popular historical fiction at its finest, immaculately researched and superbly told’ The Times.
5. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
This is a must, if you have not yet read it! Another Sunday Times bestseller.
London 1893. When Cora Seaborne’s husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much sadness as relief.
‘Makes you alive to the strangeness of the world’ Daily Mail
‘Richly themed and exhilarating’ Daily Telegraph
6. Any Jane Austen novel commemorating 200 years since her death.
Revisit your youth or the books you had to read at school, you may see them through different eyes now!
7. Peak District Boundary Walk
This wonderful little book, edited by Andrew McCloy and published by The Friends of the Peak District, is 190 miles around the edge of the national park. It includes detailed route description, maps and information about places of interest and local facilities. Follow along existing footpaths, tracks, quiet lanes, former railway lines and a canal towpath.
Get it and get out and enjoy! Walk it in day stages or tackle it in one go.
8. The Seabird’s Cry by Adam Nicholson
Ten chapters each dedicated to a different bird, each beautifully illustrated by Kate Boxer, travelling their ocean paths. Understanding how their bodies work, their dazzling navigational expertise, their ability to smell their way to fish or home and to understand the workings of the winds in which they live.
‘I was entranced – my mind thrilling to the veers and lifts of thought, to the prose. this marvellous book inhabits with graceful ease both the mythic and the scientific and remains alert to the vulnerability of these birds as to their wonder’ Robert Macfarlane.
9. The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths
Book 9 in the Dr Ruth Galloway – forensic archaeologist, series.
Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich’s web of underground tunnels. When forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway discovers the bones aren’t as old as originally thought, it’s time for DCI Nelson to launch a murder inquiry. What was initially just a medieval curiosity has taken a much more sinister nature…Meanwhile, DS Judy Johnson is investigating the disappearance of a local rough sleeper.
10. Autumn by Ali Smith
Ali Smith’s new novel is a meditation on a world growing evermore bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, on what harvest means. This first in a seasonal quartet casts an eye over our own time.
‘I take my hat off to Ali Smith. Her writing lifts the soul’