Fed up with bingeing on Netflix, et al.? Here are five novels, each of which can be read in a day.
The Children’s Bach
Garner at her absolute best in this diamond-like picture of the disruption of family life.
On Chesil Beach
Sexual and emotional tensions as futures are decided on a young couple’s wedding night.
The Monkey’s Mask
A gripping crime thriller and erotic lesbian love affair written in verse. Startling and stylish.
Death in Brunswick
Darkly comic novel about an ageing drop-out and an unfortunate incident. Filmed with Sam Neill and John Clarke.
The Emperor’s Tomb
A melancholic, nostalgic Austrian novella set between the end of World War I and the rise of the Nazis.