Thomas Cromwell: A Life by Diarmaid MacCulloch
A time there was when a son was born to humble parents in the Surrey village of Putney, a place of little account, at a ferry crossing on the bank of the Thames, 6 miles upstream from the King’s Palace of Westminster.
The Dry by Jane Harper
It wasn’t as though the farm hadn’t seen death before, and the blowflies didn’t discriminate.
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
The day was flat. That morning his mind had abandoned him and left his body wandering down below.
Taking the Waters by Lesley Sainty
It was spa season in Cheltenham.