A marvel. The lives of a scientist, a forest ranger, and an activist branch out, intersect, bud. You'll never see trees the same way again. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
I turned the pages so fast I was able to heat my house with the energy I made. Set in revolutionary France, Marie (small in body; fierce in every other way) is really good a making wax heads. By hook and crook she makes her way to Versailles and things take a melty turn.
So gothic, so fun. A translator in today's Prague; a man caring for his brother in Manila; a child in Nazi-riddled Czechoslovakia; a refugee from the Congo: all of them haunted by the witchy Melmoth the Witness. The sensibility of Jonathan Strange with the page-turningness of All the Light You Cannot See. Delish.
A veddy dry, veddy British take on the WWII thriller. A young woman's drawn into the spy life, unwittingly. Or is she? The great Kate's done it again.
As you read it, you'll find that your hair is blown back along your scalp, as if in a strong wind, simply due to her linguistic gymnastics. Black Balloon Press only publishes a couple of books a year: this was a good choice. The story of a school for children with Tourette's, this novel is one of a kind.