Starling Days: A Novel
by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan's thoughtful second novel portrays a marriage in crisis following a suspected suicide attempt. It was shortlisted for the title of novel of the year at the UK's Costa Book Awards in 2019, and released in the US in early 2020.
Five Books deputy editor Cal Flyn spoke to the author to find out more.
The Glass House
A new mystery novel from the author of Black Rabbit Hall and The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde. In Eve Chase's The Glass House (published as The Daughters of Foxcote Manor in the US and Canada), a baby girl is discovered in the woods outside a beautiful country manor. Within days a dead body will lie in its grounds. A dark and gripping family drama that will keep you guessing right to the end.
Follow Me to Ground
by Sue Rainsford
An unusually evocative and intriguing debut novel from the Irish writer and art critic Sue Rainsford.
Follow Me to Ground has been reviewed by Five Books deputy editor Cal Flyn.
Enter the Aardvark
by Jessica Anthony
A rollicking work of political satire. Enter the Aardvark lampoons the hypocrisy of the American right, in the form of Republican congressman Alexander Paine Wilson – for whom the arrival of a taxidermied aardvark in the mail triggers a chain of events that threaten to ruin his career. From the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Convalescents and the multimedia love story Chopsticks.
Our deputy editor Cal Flyn spoke to the author to find out more...
Weather: A Novel
by Jenny Offill
The new, highly anticipated novel from the author of the bestselling Dept. of Speculation is a fantastically wise, fragmentary work of fiction about life and parenthood in the face of climatological crisis.
Supper Club: A Novel
by Lara Williams
A sparkling debut novel from a young British author about a collective of hungry women who meet secretly, in the middle of the night to feast until they are sick. The project is a statement of intent: it is time, they say, to throw off restraint and take up the space that they deserve. This is a novel that will appeal to fans of Nora Ephron's Heartburn and Sally Rooney's Conversations with Friends.
Supper Club was reviewed for us by Five Books deputy editor Cal Flyn.
The Testaments: A Novel
by Margaret Atwood
*** Joint winner of the 2019 Booker Prize**
Margaret Atwood's much-anticipated sequel to her seminal feminist dystopia The Handmaid's Tale was shortlisted for the Booker before it was released.
Set 15 years after the close of The Handmaid's Tale, The Testaments is narrated by Aunt Lydia – who readers will remember as a cruel instructor during the handmaids' induction programme – and two younger women, Agnes and Daisy.
“Obviously the book is totally fascinating as a print book. What happened with the audiobook is that because of the Netflix adaptation, a lot of the actors who were in the Netflix program were used for the audiobook production. “ Read more...
The 2020 Audie Awards: Audiobook of the Year
by Robert Galbraith
***Shortlisted for the 2021 CWA Gold Dagger***
Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) is the 5th book in a series featuring Cormoran Strike, a British war veteran who sets up a detective agency in London after losing his leg in a roadside explosion in Afghanistan. The series is one of the most intelligent out there for fans of crime fiction. If you're new to the books, we recommend reading the series in order, as it's a lot about the evolution of the relationship between the two main characters.