This time of year, like a mammal about to hibernate, I surround myself with plenty of reading to get me through the cold months. There are so many great books to recommend this season and below are just a few that I have enjoyed or am looking forward to reading.
1. We Are Not Ourselves, Matthew Thomas: What a debut! If you aren't reduced to a puddle of tears by certain passages, you are immune to emotion. I loved this book.
2. Some Luck, Jane Smiley: Jane Smiley tackles nothing less than the 20th Century. It's an ambitious undertaking but she clearly has the capability.
3. Nora Webster, Colm Toibin: Another master working at his peak. I'm excited to dive into this one.
4. Prince Lestat, Anne Rice: The genre-busting vampire who captured the imagination of many over the course of ten previous Vampire Chronicles returns just in time for Halloween.
5. Us, David Nicholls: The man who brought us the hilarious and heartbreaking One Day is back examining the ups and downs of marriage and family life.
I also recently had the great fortune to meet the wonderfully talented authors below. It's inspiring to see them at the top of their game and to have the chance to ask them questions about their own inspiration and craft.
I have been busy most of this year working on a new book and I'm happy to report the first draft is in the can. What follows is a heck of a lot of rewriting and editing. I am going to keep you posted here and on social media, so stay turned. I can't reveal more, but I will say that my new novel charts some emotional territory I've wanted to explore for a long time.