Recommended English Books

If you're not sure what to read, don't worry.  We can recommend a book for you.  It could be one we've read, or one that a forum member has recommended.  And don't forget, you can recommend a book too.

Seesaw by Deborah Moggach (Vintage)

by Patrick O'Connor


DEBORAH Moggach has quite an impressive catalogue. She received a BAFTA nomination for her screenplay Pride & Prejudice and her novel These Foolish Things was made into the hit film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

This book starts off as if it is going to be another kidnap caper but Moggach, being the talented writer that she is, serves up a much more interesting and fascinating offering.

Read more: Recommended Book - Seesaw

The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (Penguin)

by Patrick O'Connor

BE warned – this British road rom-com is as soppy as hell. But it's a delight, a lovely, heart-warming, life-enhancing love story which will captivate you from beginning to end.

The plot is relatively simple. Single mum Jess Thomas is struggling to keep her head above water; her teenage stepson Nicky is a loner who is being bullied at school and daughter Tanzie is a maths prodigy who is offered the chance to compete in a Math Olympiad at the other end of the country.

Read more: Recommended Book - 'The One Plus One

The Quarry by Iain Banks (Abacus)

It is sadly ironic to realise that whilst writing this novel which is about someone dying, author Iain Banks was not aware that his days too were numbered.

Banks passed away shortly after the book was published which adds to the poignancy of this tale about the central character Guy who invites old university chums to his house for a weekend.

Guy lives with his autistic teenage son Kit, who is the narrator.

Read more: Recommended Book - 'The Quarry'