Books of the Year 2021

Looking for a new book to read? These are our favourite reads from 2021

The Storyteller of Casablanca (by Fiona Valpy)

Helen DMar 19, 2022

This book left a lasting impression on me, and Fiona Valpy will be an author I will look out for in the future – yes it was that good! Casablanca conjures up many images, and you are already in the right frame of mind as you digest and enjoy the first few pages of the book. The heat, the dust, bright light, wind all start to weave their magic from page one as you soak…

The Paris Library (by Janet Skeslien Charles)

EditorJan 27, 2022

Once again I find myself transported back to World War II, this time in Paris. The last read was Simon Scarrow’s Blackout in wartime Berlin. Strange as I am not consciously picking wartime novels based on fact! The Paris Library is founded on the contribution the American Library in Paris made to the lives of Parisians and soldiers. The novel has two time-frames wartime and the 1980s. Odile is the main character in the wartime…

The Fine Art of Invisible Detection (by Robert Goddard)

EditorDec 21, 2020

It is very satisfying to rediscover an author. It is like greeting an old friend. I have read many of Goddard’s early books and thoroughly enjoyed reading them so I looked forward to the latest story. Has he matured like a good wine? Certainly, he has moved with the times and one of his themes reflects an important environmental issue. Like a good friend, he does not disappoint. This is a fine story, and just…