Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. Dementia is a painful subject and this book talks about it in a sensitive, compassionate way. It’s a fine mystery story too. I adored it – and the last sentence still makes me cry.
Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood. The dazzling world of the Hemingways, portrayed from the point of view of his four wives. It’s fiction but seems true, with beautiful writing and vivid characterisation.
The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse. I love this kind of atmospheric, gothic novel, and this has one of the most compelling beginnings I’ve read. And it has a map showing the places in the novel – I love a good map!
Ape House by Sara Gruen. I hadn’t read anything about this book and picked it up in the library because I recognised the author’s name from Water for Elephants. It’s about a scientist studying ape/human communication and what happens when animal rights activists, and then a reality show (?!) get involved. I thought it was a great read.
Eat. Nourish. Glow. by Amelia Freer. One of my goals this year is to become more healthy. To be honest, it hasn’t been going too well until very recently! I like the approach in this book. It’s about being consistent, not perfect, and she’s very good at explaining why some foods are a bad idea. I’ve noticed since reading it that processed biscuits and cakes are too sweet for me. I just thought I was enjoying them because they are ‘a treat’ in my mind. So I bake them instead – I’m healthier, not perfect!