I really wanted to like Amy Tan's Valley of Amazement.
Terry Pratchett's books are read and loved by millions around the world, and he once again has assembled a wonderful array of characters to amuse (and gently educate) in his latest outing.
Barcelona, 1980. A boy has disappeared: 15-year-old Oscar Drai; loner, dreamer, disaffected.
A new book by Australian author Tim Winton is always a treat.
Scotsman Alan Spence's Night Boat is an epic work that traces the physical and spiritual wanderings of a prominent historical Japanese monk on the path to enlightenment.
Alex Miller is an Australian writer with a number of awards to his credit.
The English victories over the French at Crecy in 1346, Poitiers in 1356, and at Agincourt in 1415 are the stuff of legend.
Colleen Mccullough is in familiar territory with this novel, a family saga set in Australia.
The teaser on the back of the jacket sets the scene: ''Three generations of men hunt for deer on Goat Mountain. One hot autumn day, grandfather, son and grandson discover a poacher on their land. The 11-year-old grandson studies the poacher through the magnifying lens of his father's rifle - and pulls the trigger.''
In today's celebrity-saturated culture, the best way to ensure enduring fame may be to refuse to participate. This is certainly true for Stanislas Cordova, movie director and central character of Marisha Pessl's second novel.
This is the second book in what promises to be a series, following the lives of two girls growing up in Naples in the 1960s.
A sleazy outcrop of the British Empire, it owed its existence to having the superintendency of the poor wretches who peopled the penal colony there.
The prose of this novel flows like a river in flood, carrying all before it, engulfing, unstoppable.
The opening lines of New Zealand author Damien Wilkins' Max Gate contain a sentiment dear to my heart: ''When you wake in a warm bed in winter besieged all around by cold, for an instant you believe you have it in your power to stay right where you are for as long as you want.''
Did you hear the news about the fragile American high school pupil who took a gun into his school? Probably, but not like this.
It may just be me, but I have found it is impossible to read a time-travelling story without instantly longing for The Time-Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger.
It has been six years since a novel by Margaret Drabble has been published.
This fictional autobiography, set in France in the decades leading up to the French Revolution, is focused on taste, in a very broad sense.
The craft of the confession and the art of the public apology are laid bare in this story from Pulitzer Prize finalist Jonathan Dee.
Juliet Montague intends to purchase a fridge for her 30th birthday. Instead, she commissions a self-portrait. And with this impulsive act, she steps from a world of grey to one of vibrant colour.