What We’re Reading: Winter 2023 Edition
What did NWN love reading this year? We’ve assembled our 2023 reading highlights, the books we’re gifting this Christmas, and the ones we’re hoping to find under the tree. Read on to find the perfect present for your nearest and dearest – or a last minute addition to your own Christmas list.
There were so many wonderful books published this year, I’m spoilt for choice for recommendations. Games and Rituals by Katherine Heiny is a short story collection that is hilariously funny and deeply poignant at the same time. I am a Katherine Heiny super-fan and was thrilled to interview her at this year’s Durham Book Festival – she was just as funny and insightful as I’d hoped and anyone who has not yet received this book from me is likely to do so this Christmas! Nina Stibbe’s writing is always warm, funny and engrossing – Went to London, Took the Dog, is the sequel to her best-selling Love, Nina. Here Nina records her return to London (to lodge with fellow writer Deborah Moggach) as a 60 year-old, twenty years after leaving for new life in Cornwall. A final stocking filler sized book I’d like to recommend is the latest novella from the brilliant Irish writer, Claire Keegan, So Late in the Day, promises her usual blend of exquisite writing and the incredible ability to encapsulate so much in such a short form.
I read so much for my job, people are usually reluctant to buy me books! However, over the Christmas break I plan to read advance copies of Mona of the Manor which is the latest in the Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin (who I’ve loved since my teenage years) and Come and Get It by Kiley Reid, whose previous satirical and thought-provoking novel, Such a Fun Age I loved (both books are out next Spring). I’ll also finally tackle Zadie Smith’s newest novel, The Fraud – her first piece of historical fiction and one I’ve been really looking forward to.