Good old Google tells me Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk who founded the Order of Inter-Being a few decades ago. So take that as a clue to why Simon Van Booy opens his new novel with a quote from him: ''We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.''
The Misplaced Affections of Charlotte Fforbes, by Catherine Robertson, is as wry and endearing as her two previous novels and continues to explore the lives of their characters from the perspective of new, and just as idiosyncratic, narrators.
The human tendency (or need?) to attribute animals with human thoughts and feelings has probably been with us since the first domestications of farm animals and hunting companions, if not before.
As soon as I saw the words ''love and time travel'' on the cover of this book, I thought of one of my favourite novels, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
Delving into a book written by an unfamiliar author is always a gamble but Louise Doughty excels in the twists and turns of dangerous liaisons.