Recommended Book – Seesaw

Seesaw by Deborah Moggach (Vintage)

by Patrick O’Connor


DEBORAH Moggach has quite an impressive catalogue. She received a BAFTA nomination for her screenplay Pride & Prejudice and her novel These Foolish Things was made into the hit film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

This book starts off as if it is going to be another kidnap caper but Moggach, being the talented writer that she is, serves up a much more interesting and fascinating offering.

Recommended Book – ‘The Lie’

The Lie by Helen Dunmore (Windmill Books)

by Patrick O’Connor


MANY writers have explored the horrors of the First World War, an event which had special significance in 2014, the centenary of the outbreak of the conflict.

And although Helen Dunmore’s novel is set in 1920, it focusses entirely on the dreadful mark left on the soul of the survivors.

Recommended Book – ‘The Light Of Day’

The Light of Day by Graham Swift (Penguin)

by Patrick O’Connor

THE central character here is former cop George Webb who now runs a detective agency from an office above a tanning studio on Wimbledon Broadway.

But if you are expecting a typical ‘gumshoe’ tale forget it. For this is a story about obsessive love, (although to be fair, there is also a murder).

Recommended Book – ‘The One Plus One

The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (Penguin)

by Patrick O’Connor

BE warned – this British road rom-com is as soppy as hell. But it’s a delight, a lovely, heart-warming, life-enhancing love story which will captivate you from beginning to end.

The plot is relatively simple. Single mum Jess Thomas is struggling to keep her head above water; her teenage stepson Nicky is a loner who is being bullied at school and daughter Tanzie is a maths prodigy who is offered the chance to compete in a Math Olympiad at the other end of the country.

Recommended Book – ‘The Quarry’

The Quarry by Iain Banks (Abacus)

It is sadly ironic to realise that whilst writing this novel which is about someone dying, author Iain Banks was not aware that his days too were numbered.

Banks passed away shortly after the book was published which adds to the poignancy of this tale about the central character Guy who invites old university chums to his house for a weekend.

Guy lives with his autistic teenage son Kit, who is the narrator.