This month, we feature Meijing He from our China office

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas -Tsolkias makes a brave attempt to get inside the heads of a fifteen year old schoolgirl and a married woman in her mid-forties although there have been reviewers (not this one) who disliked being inside the head of the main protagonist, who seduces the former whilst being married to the latter. Susie Nicklin

Human Chain by Seamus Heaney – Another beautifully-crafted collection of poetry by the Nobel Laureate, exploring memory, loss, life and our connections to those around us, past, present and future. The collection won the Forward Prize. Sinead Russell

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson – Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2010, this humorous, intelligent novel subtly explores society and relationships. Karen Brodie

The Swimmer by Roma Tearne – A beautifully written book, divided into sections by the voices of three very different women, about love and loss in the stunningly described Suffolk countryside. Justyna Kwasniewski

The Loudest Sound and Nothing by Claire Wigfall – This is a debut collection of short stories by Claire Wigfall, an award-winning creative writing graduate of UEA. It’s a well-written and diverse compilation. Many of the stories centre around characters we observe in our everyday lives, linked by themes of absence and exploration. Rachel Stevens

The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey – Shortlisted for the Orange Prize, this book paints an evocative picture of Trinidad and its tumultuous past through the story of a white settler family. Beautiful and dark in equal measure, times of turmoil in the nation’s history are mirrored in the family’s trials. Julia Ziemer

The Hangman’s Game by Karen King-Aribisala – A compelling tale of injustice and moral weakness in contemporary and historical Nigeria. Kate Arthurs

Collected Stories by Janice Galloway – An excellent collection: each story gives you a totally different but equally realistic snapshot of everyday lives, thoughts and emotions. Whether telling the story of a man or woman, child or pensioner, Janice Galloway speaks to the reader with an utterly convincing voice. Nicolas Chapman

The Room by Emma Donoghue – A carefully constructed account of how, in the most difficult of circumstances, people take scenarios at face value and deconstruct reality to survive it. Sophie Wardell

Brooklyn by Colm Toíbín – A poignant story, deceptively simply told, of a young girl’s emigration from 1950s rural Ireland to America. Alice Mackay

Odyssey: Architecture and Literature – This publication is a result of a project by Ou Ning for the 2009 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. Nine writers from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan were invited to go on three journeys to visit nine outstanding architectural sites in South, East and West China. The collected images and stories inspired by the architecture were published as Odyssey. I particularly liked the beautiful and soulful story Zhu Wen wrote in response to The Whare by Ke Zhang and Standard Architecture, which inspired in me a desire to visit the building in question myself. Meijing He

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