Rachel Watson imagines perfect lives for people she sees from the train on her daily commute. One day she witnesses something that doesn’t match her imagined fantasies and is compelled to get involved.
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
Alan Garner’s classic children’s adventure has enchanted generations with its tale of dark magic and ancient myth. I read it in 1982, aged 10 and was instantly hooked. Thirty-four years later, can it still capture my adult imagination?
Reasons to Stay Alive
When he was 24, author Matt Haig suffered an emotional breakdown and tried to take his own life. In this short book he takes a brief look at the journey he took trying to overcome the depression and anxiety that had led him to contemplate suicide.
Our Endless Numbered Days
Peggy Hillcoat is abducted by her own father and forced to live in a remote wood cabin for nine years. Part psychological drama, part survivalist adventure, this debut novel is a bleak exploration of mental collapse.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
This is a dark fairy-tale for any adult that has ever been seven years old. It speaks of childhood memories, of strange events that have been forgotten for decades. Gaiman takes us on a timeless tale of the extraordinary wonder of childhood discovery, and the loss that follows in adulthood.
My Memories of a Future Life
When injury stops Carol Lear playing piano, she believes her life as a musician is over. For those who live to make music, what is their life when the music can no longer be made?