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Best of Friends

Even as it displays upheaval in the lives of two women who are “best of friends,” Shamsie’s fascinating novel takes readers through political change in Pakistan under Presidents Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and Benazir Bhutto while also plumbing tensions in UK politics today. It will be especially welcomed by book clubs, as it will inspire vibrant conversation.


Will appeal to aficionados of historical fiction but could leave others yearning for a deeper understanding of the characters’ motivations for their sometimes inexplicable actions. Still, the Nobel Prize bestowed renewed international acclaim on Gurnah’s body of work, making this novel a must-have.

The Last White Man

A provocative and welcomingly unpredictable work, taking readers to deeply humane places and through moving considerations that similar works rarely visit.

We Refuse To Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power

Illuminating a little-known aspect of American history, this book will especially appeal to those interested in the history of Indigenous and Black Americans.

The Books of Jacob

Its extensive length, levels of detail, and geographic and temporal expanse give this a Tolstoyan feel. Enhanced by maps and illustrations and supported by extensive documentation, this saga will reward those who persevere.


Both historical and postmodern, this novel gives readers the task of interpreting its multiple parts and narrators, making it an intriguing, stimulating read. Throughout, Diaz’s stirring prose and unforgettable imagery shine through, notably in his poetic descriptions of high finance. He also holds a mirror up to the oligarchs of our own era, reflecting their greed and fragile egos. Highly recommended.

The Return of Faraz Ali

This a nuanced, many-faceted story, fraught with complex interrelations of ethnicity, class and politics, of a man trying to unlock the secrets of his past so that he might discover who he is in the present. A first-rate literary mystery with the emphasis on literary.

Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs

A good option for readers interested in climate change and marine biology.

Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong

A fascinating work that is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Hong Kong. Those looking for something focused more exclusively on the 2019 protests should consider Antony Dapiran’s City on Fire.

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