Apparently a homage to Howards End, On Beauty is the story of a washed out English professor, his family, his deadly rival and how it all breaks down deliciously. Its sexier than Smith’s other books, but has the usual lyrical writing you want to nick. Recommended.
The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
The story of each member of the Lambert family, and the story of their family. Hilarious, touching and close to the bone. Recommended.
The Hours – Micheal Cunningham
A short, dense book with three women going about a single day. A kind of companion novel to Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, the stories combine and mirror one another – probably requires a re-read. Recommended.