‘The Milkman in the Night’ by Andrey Kurkov

A curious and entirely original novel. I mean who would think that there could be such a thing as a clandestine political network that feeds on cheese made from human breast milk and a night time warrior for justice that’s actually a drug-fueled fluffy cat. If I pitched this novel I’d get dismissed out of…

‘The Time of the Hero’ by Mario Vargas Llosa

Toxic masculinity. It makes young men do dumb things. It also doesn’t stop older men doing dumb things. When dumb things become commonplace they become the system. The system doesn’t like being changed when the people in charge of it are comfortable with dumb things happening. Dumb things become dumber when there are guns involved….

‘The War That Saved My Life’ by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

It’s World War two but nine-year-old Ada has never been allowed to leave their one-room flat because her mother is embarrassed by her daughter’s clubfoot. But when Ada’s younger brother Jamie is evacuated from London, Ada sneaks away to join him. They arrive in a country village and meet Susan Smith who looks after them…