Tips for a good read

In another instalment of the Waterstones’ Book Club, bookseller Jo Graham presents more suggestions for a good read.

The Secret Scripture, by Sebastian Barry

When psychiatrist Dr William Grene is faced with the closure of his hospital, he must decide upon the fate of his patients. He finds himself drawn to one elderly lady in particular – she is 100 and has spent nearly 50 years in Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital. Dr Grene decides to seek out Roseanne’s past and in doing so their lives intertwine.

This is a wonderful, uplifting novel.

The Awakening of Miss Prim, by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

Prudencia Prim is a young woman of intelligence and achievement, with a deep knowledge of literature and several letters after her name. But when she accepts the post of private librarian in the village of San Ireneo de Arnois, she is unprepared for what she encounters there. Prudencia hoped for friendship, but she didn’t suspect that she might find love, nor that the course of her new life would run quite so rocky and offer challenge and heartache, as well as joy, discovery and fireside debate.

A charming, captivating novel.

The Spring of Kasper Meier, by Ben Ferguson

Berlin, 1946. The war is over, but Berlin is a desolate sea of rubble. There is a shortage of everything and Kasper Meier is struggling to get by so starts to trade on the black market. He can find anything that people need, for the right price. When a young woman, Eva, arrives at Kasper’s door seeking the whereabouts of a British pilot, he feels a reluctant sympathy for her, but won’t interfere in military affairs. But Eva is prepared. Kasper has secrets, she knows them, and she’ll use them to get what she wants.

A tightly plotted debut thriller, which has received some excellent reviews.