A Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
I've just finished reading A Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson which was recommended to me by John Megaughin who described it as 'Gone Girl on speed.' A psychological thriller is hard to beat and this was a real page turner filled with mystery, murder, plot twists and conspiracy. I wouldn't say it's the best book I've ever read but good for long plane journeys or pool-side reading.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
This book had been on my list for a while and I got round to reading it last month, devouring it in one weekend. The Rosie Project is a hilarious, feel-good novel, narrated by a charming, endearing and socially challenged genetics professor on a mission: to find out if he is capable of true love. A love story but not your typical one. It made me laugh out loud and broke my heart a little in the same measure. I want Professor Don Tillman to be my friend.
Monocle's 'The Forecast 2017'
I came across this annual in 2015 and have been hooked ever since. The Forecast is packed with fresh ideas on the year ahead in review, essay and commentary form. Historians, urbanists, diplomats, creatives, and business owners share their views on everything from from city planning to travel to design to media. It's a joy to read from cover to cover and then keep to refer to ad-hoc throughout the year. The photography inside is beautiful and it's packed with engaging visuals too so it makes a lovely companion for a Sunday on the couch with a glass of red. I keep all the editions I've bought on my desk - I find a quick flick through really helps to get the cogs turning, especially on a slow day.
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
I love reading books that are completely unpredictable, which is why Trainspotting is one of my favourites and something I've gone back to again recently. The story jumps from a phonetically-written Scottish dialect to a standard English one as the perspective moves between the characters, something that takes a few pages to get used to. I also like how it makes you feel uncomfortable and draws attention to how absurd our society sometimes is. It's raw, exciting, grim and gripping.
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
In 1981, while serving 19 years for armed robbery in Australia, Gregory David Roberts escaped prison and fled to India, becoming - so he tells us - Australia's Most Wanted Man. Over the next decade, he immersed himself in Bombay life, setting up a free clinic for the poor and working for the local mafia before being recaptured in 1990. This book is possibly one of the best books I've ever read. I've always thought I'd like to visit India and 3/4 of the way into this book has just confirmed that for me.
A challenging read until you get into it, and then it's hard to put down.
Beautifully written, the gorgeous language is undoubtedly the biggest strength of the book.