Published in 2013, The Circle is a grim speculation of what might happen to society if we don’t apply the brakes to our obsession with digital solutionism. Five years later in 2018, it seems the prophecy of The Circle just doesn’t go far enough.
Sometimes spaceships vanish with everyone on board. But sometimes they come back, subtly different and… hostile. Opal is on a mission. She’s been seeking something her whole life. Something she’s willing to die for. Perhaps she’ll find it on one of those Lost Ships…
A Murder to Die For
Stevyn Colgan is, among other things, a highly experienced ex-copper with a penchant for writing. A Murder to Die For is his first published novel, and is a wonderfully funny take on the classic cozy murder-mystery.
When she was eleven years old, Rose Franklin fell into a big hole. Nothing remarkable about that — adventurous kids fall into holes all the time. But this one was different. At the bottom of it was a giant metal hand, and it clearly wasn’t made by humans.
The Ship is Honeywell’s first novel and a powerful debut. Set in the near future, one where the world has burned and civilisation ended, it’s part fable, part warning and part morality tale.
Vandermeer’s sequel to the creepy Annihilation is an entirely different beast altogether. I devoured the first book in a couple of days. This one took me two months…
Professor Andrew Martin has finally solved the Riemann Equation, a puzzle that has stumped mathematicians for years. This discovery could be the catalyst for huge leaps in human progress. But not everyone feels positive about that…
The Elder Ice
Harry Stubbs is looking for a mysterious legacy left by a polar explorer. But the legacy is as deadly as it is valuable, and the trail leads to something more horrifying than Harry could ever have imagined.
The Girl on the Train
Rachel Watson imagines perfect lives for people she sees from the train on her daily commute. One day she witnesses something that doesn’t match her imagined fantasies and is compelled to get involved.
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
Alan Garner’s classic children’s adventure has enchanted generations with its tale of dark magic and ancient myth. I read it in 1982, aged 10 and was instantly hooked. Thirty-four years later, can it still capture my adult imagination?
Reasons to Stay Alive
When he was 24, author Matt Haig suffered an emotional breakdown and tried to take his own life. In this short book he takes a brief look at the journey he took trying to overcome the depression and anxiety that had led him to contemplate suicide.