With the first draft of novel completed May was a month to catch-up on reading. These are the new authors (new to us) we tried out and loved:
Susan Hill - read several of her ghost novellas, these can be devoured in single day. Scrumptious!
Peter James - he lives in West Sussex and the Roy Grace police detective series is set in the county. A real treat to read about locations which are literally 5 mins down the road. Addictive!
Helen Dunmore - read Ice Cream a joyous collection of short stories. And The Siege (about the WW2 siege of Leningrad) - this is a beautiful and terrifying book, at times the lyrical prose is exquisite. It never becomes sentimental and much of the writing lingers long after finishing. (note - this is not one to read when you're feeling peckish...) Mesmerising!
Also discovered the following children's authors:
Ali Sparkes - Frozen in Time is absolutely "super", a true homage to Enid B. Couldn't put it down!
Darren Shan - the Darren Shan saga. So far have read the first two books in the series: Cirque du Freak and The Vampire's Assistant. Both are cracking reads. Wickedly readable!