This is the pile of books that needs to be beside the bed.
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney $25 Winner Bailey’s Prize Women’s Fiction 2016; raucously irreverent!
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon $23 Life-affirming, heart-rending YA novel set in Australian detention centre
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood $37 Stunningly clever modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s Tempest
The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild $23 Gloriously funny, sophisticated riff on art & wealth
The Wish Child by Catherine Chidgey $30 Brilliant, enthralling novel about ordinary German families under Hitler
The March of the Foxgloves by Karyn Hay $32 Deliciously risqué Victorian NZ novel, with lovely characters
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout $26 Estranged mother sits at daughter’s hospital bed – spare & inspiring
Billy Bird by Emma Neale $38 Sensitive, often funny, novel of parenting a boy who believes he’s a bird
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue $35 Fascinating story of a girl who hasn’t eaten for 4 months – hoax or miracle?
The Power by Naomi Alderman $37 Women take world power via electric shocks from their fingertips! Wow!
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry $33 Full of myth & metaphor, compulsively gothic, Waterstones (UK) Book of the Year
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett $33 Nuanced, beautiful exploration of family relationships & ruptures
Autumn by Ali Smith $34 Gorgeous language & inspired teachings about art & life
His Whole Life by Elizabeth Hay $40 Exquisite writing about relationships from this superb Canadian author
Swing Time by Zadie Smith $37 Lively exploration of dance, racism, class issues & inequality
Fight Like A Girl by Clementine Ford $33 Audacious book from an online sensation & fearless young Australian feminist
Hot Milk by Deborah Levy $37 Mesmerizing Booker Shortlist title; young woman breaks free from hypochondriac mother
The Girls by Emma Cline $37 Naïve fascination with a cult leads to horror; a seductive & terrifying novel.
Mansfield and Me by Sarah Laing $35 Fabulous, brave exploration of two writers by talented NZ writer & graphic artist