Gillian Slovo

Gillian Slovo has published thirteen novels, a family memoir and has also written three verbatim plays. She started in crime, writing five novels featuring her detective Kate Baeier, before branching out into narrative driven literary fiction. Ice Road, set in Leningrad in the 1930s, was shortlisted for the 2006 Orange Prize. Red Dust, her novel based around the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa won the RFI Temoin du Monde prize and was made into a film starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Her memoir Every Secret Thing, that told the story of a family dominated by the dramatic politics of apartheid South Africa, was a worldwide bestseller. Her latest novel, Ten Days, was published in 2016 and screenplay rights have been bought by a TV company. Her latest verbatim play Another World: Losing our Children to Islamic State played at the National Theatre in 2016.

A Different Drummer

William Melvyn Kelly

A has been a miraculous find of mine. Written in 1962 it tells the story of a fictional southern (of America) town where the departure of an African American starts a general exodus of all African Americans from that state. Seen through the eyes of  the town’s white occupants, this book is beautifully written, surprising, and a mind stretching treat.


Anna Burns

This does for me what all good books should do – takes me into a world I couldn’t have imagined and makes it both real and utterly compelling.

The Association of Small Bombs

Karan Mahajan

Follows two families in the aftermath of an Indian market bombing. A look at grief, corruption and jihadis, it is unputdownable.

The Changling

Victor Lavall

A wacky, mind bending ride as magic and the disappearance of both father’s and son’s sets a man on a fantastical quest.