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November Reads

Long winter nights = more reading time (for me, at least). Here are some suggestions from the MIROnline Team on how to spend it. We hope you enjoy them. – James


"The follow up to Perry’s best-selling The Essex Serpent, Melmoth is the perfect read for this time of year, with the days drawing in and the temperatures dropping. Helen Franklin, haunted by guilt for twenty years, comes across a strange manuscript. Within its pages are written the testimonies of people who have encountered the same strange woman in black: Melmoth. A gothic tale best read with all the lights on." - Louise Hare

Melmoth by Sarah Perry


"This book of letters between former PoW and Sunday Times journalist, Roger Mortimer born at the start of the 20th century, and his ‘public-school waster’ son gives an insight into that generation’s inability to communicate on any meaningful level, while at the same time demonstrating a touching father/son bond that endures family disappointments, tragedies and feuds." - Alison Hitchcock

Dear Lupin by Roger and Charlie Mortimer


"This second novel by Ireland's latest young talent, Sally Rooney, is a remarkable and delicate study of adolescent love, the mismatch between outer and inner worlds, self and other, and the destructive power of social anxiety and being misunderstood. In a style so plainsong, so crystalline that the language lifts almost invisibly off the page, Rooney creates poetry out of the minutiae of human interaction. Possibly my favourite read of 2018. " - Stella Klein

Normal People by Sally Rooney


"The protagonist, Willa, is a young window. Her boys have left home and are not in the habit of contacting her much, and she is feeling lost about where her life is taking her. She has no real attachment to her sister, her only living sibling. Tyler takes an unusual stance and puts her in a stranger’s home to look after a teenager while her mother is in hospital recovering after being shot in the leg. A wonderful 3rd person narrative, following Willa’s mind faultlessly and uninterrupted. " - Usha Rowan

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler


"A flood destroys a home and tears a family apart, eventually sending a man, his young daughter and their dog on a voyage across the Caribbean. A poetic evocation of nature at its most terrifying and its most beautiful – the images of the sea linger long in the memory." - James Kennedy

Archipelago by Monique Roffey


"Shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker prize, this is a 19th century globetrotting tale spanning three continents as the titular character, a Barbadian field slave, goes in search of freedom. Inspired by a true story, this is not just a story about slavery. It deserves all its accolades." - Louise Hare

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan


"We don’t talk about urban badgers, they have not adapted to city life, but remain resolutely of the wilds, out in the dark, rarely seen and often misunderstood. They are not great at crossing roads. Patrick Barkham goes looking, digging out their history, their habits and habitats, their cultural and conservational status. He meets their sometimes eccentric friends and also their enemies. Fascinating stuff." - Jupiter Jones

Badgerlands; The Twilight World of Britain’s Most Enigmatic Animal by Patrick Barkham


"The writing is sometimes inelegant – and the occasional statistic goes astray – but Verkaik presents a compelling argument for the impact of British public schools on their pupils, and of the system as a whole on the country. A timely contribution to the ongoing debate about elites and elitism, as Afua Hirsch’s quote on the cover states, it’s ‘a powerful call for change." - Name Of Reviewer

Posh Boys by Robert Verkaik