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Mr. Wilder and Me by Jonathan Coe

A fictional biography of Billy Wilder’s years as a filmmaker by a young woman who accidentally finds herself working with his company is warm and full. A joy to read.

The Slowworm’s Song by Adam Miller

This story of a man struggling to reconcile his past, laden with guilt and regret and to forge a loving relationship with an estranged daughter is poignant and moving. Fine writing and an intelligent approach to human frailty and redemption make this a compelling narrative.

A Single Rose by Muriel Barbary

A lyrical and exquisitely limned journey through pain, regret and suffering to joy. The evocation of Japanese culture and philosophy is soothing and enlightening.

The Dark Remains by William McIlvanney

Anyone who loves crime fiction whether it be classic noir or complex whodunits will delight in this, the first Jack Laidlaw mystery, finished posthumously for McIlvanney, the acknowledged creator of “Tartan Noir” by Ian Rankin, another wizard of the craft. Dark, violent and complicated, it’s a masterwork of the genre.

The Wind Rises by Timothee de Fombelle

A feisty young girl with plenty of pluck and a slightly shady young boy with an agenda of his own navigate their way through the murky world of traders in African slaves, piracy and immoral commerce in a world of injustice.

Lambda by David Musgrave

The conflict between a race of aquatic near-humans and their bigoted land-based relatives is the basis for this complex tale that mirrors current events. Immigrants and those from different cultures have long been at odds, as they are in this tale.