Sightlines, by Kathleen Jamie. I am absolutely entranced.

The Secret River (re-read for teaching)

Potiki, Patricia Grace (re-read for teaching)

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe (re-read for teaching) Interesting how different the experience of reading this is now I have children.

The Bees, Carol Ann Duffy

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini. So many people had recommended this. The first half felt quite tinny after The Inheritance of Loss, but I did get into it in the end.

The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai. Found this hard going but utterly haunting.

The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert – adored this one.

Mr Pip, Lloyd Jones – enjoyed this but wasn’t sure about the end – wasn’t quite convinced. Decided not to add it to my curriculum, though it would be interesting to see what my students think of it.

The Strays, Emily Bitto – loved this. Actually, it’s been a very good year for reading so far – I’ve loved all of these.

The Buried Giant, Kasuo Ishuguro

Lila, Marilynne Robsinson

Daughters of the Storm, Kim Wilkins

Dear Life, Alice Munro

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