Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty
This is a subtle, moving study of love and of a long relationship in the course of
which two people have fallen out of step with each other. A brilliant study of
monogamy, this masterful novel explores the slow damage of compromise
within a marriage. The two central characters, haunted by the troubles in
Ireland, try to close the door on the past, whilst in the present, their decision
to spend a long weekend in Amsterdam proves a catalyst for self-examination.
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
So many of us struggle to get a good night’s sleep these days, so this book,
written by a neuroscientist, has probably never been so relevant. Matthew
Walker discusses in detail all the whys of sleep and the science behind it,
exploring the link between sleep and health. Fascinating, both analytical and
contemplative, this book will interest both scientists and general readers.
The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler
It’s 1937, and the shadows are lengthening across Europe. Set in Vienna, this
lovely novel follows a young man who works in a small tobacconist’s as an
apprentice and develops a friendship with Sigmund Freud. As the world
darkens, the lives of all will be irrevocably changed. Charming, yet full of
yearning and melancholy, this book is a beautiful elegy for a vanished world.