Below are nine of my favourite novels. There are plenty more, but these are books I keep coming back to...
"Restless" by William Boyd. Gripping espionage novel set in the 30s and 70s. Think you know who your mother is? Think again.
"A Suitable Boy" by Vikram Seth. Wonderful 1000 page plus novel encompassing a vivid range of characters at the time of the first elections in India.
"Disclaimer" by Renee Knight. One of the very best new psychological thrillers. How would you feel if you picked up a book, started reading it and found you were the main character?
"Before I Go To Sleep" by SJ Watson. Our protagonist has memory loss. So do we, only learning things as she does as she navigates a treacherous path, trying to decide who she can really trust...
"An Officer and a Spy" by Robert Harris. A page turner that brings the Dreyfus affair grippingly to life, highlighting an outrageous sense of injustice.
"The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruis Zafon. A love letter to books of all kinds, the art of story telling and the city of Barcelona set against the background of Franco's dictatorship.
"The Swimming Pool Library" by Alan Hollinghurst. Wonderfully written, thoroughly absorbing tale of a young gay man in 1980s London. A slice of life and a compelling mystery.
"Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro. Ishiguro draws you into a seemingly simple rites of passage tale only to reveal an awful truth.
"Ghostwritten" by David Mitchell. A fantastic, mind expanding debut with interlinking stories taking you across the globe.