This thriller, which features in our new series, is just what you want for the summer. The main character, Kate leaves London after a love affair goes wrong and holes up on the Isle of Wight, where she becomes intrigued by the disappearance of a local woman. It’s a real page-turner about obsessive love, full of menace and suspense.
This is a brilliant account of the DJ’s life, from growing up in Warrington to working on Radio 1 and The Big Breakfast. You really get a sense of Chris’s unique voice and his writing really flows. It only covers up to 1997, before he met Billie Piper, so I can’t wait for the next volume.
I’ve never been able to get into witches-and-warlocks stuff like Harry Potter and all those vampire novels. This is a very different book that deals with racism. It’s a Romeo and Juliet-style story set in a world where black people are dominant over white people. My daughter is a teacher and she recommends it to her pupils.
This book, which also features in series, begins with the death of an arms manufacturer in 1909 and moves backwards in time in search of the reasons for his death. I like fiction that includes educational elements, and this book has a fascinating section about how torpedoes are constructed.
People are often put off by Dickens, but I love him, and some of his characters are phenomenal. This is one of his lighter books, and iIt’s a great story set against the background of the French Revolution. There’s a love story in it, great comedy characters, and all the drama of the guillotine.