The Associate

If you plan on reading this John Grisham thriller, then don’t look at what follows. I give away the ending. I admire JG’s storytelling enormously. The five I’ve read barrel along at a clip that will not let you set them aside. You keep wanting to read just one more chapter. And then another. The …

The Goose Road

This story of a young girl fighting to save her family farm in the depths of The Great War is just riveting. She faces the death of her father at the front, the danger of unpaid bills, the army requisitioning their livestock – how can you plough a field without a horse? – and then …

The Skylark’s War

This isn’t a thriller. Or a melodrama. Nor does it quite pack the punch of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful , which it resembles a little in its story of a (way of) life broken up by World War 1. It’s a description of a young girl , and how she and the world around her …