Reading in the Desert

…a bookworm in Dubai

Waterstones Book Club

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Summer 2015

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Family Life by Akhil Sharma
  • The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak
  • The Ballad of a Small Player by Lawrence Osborne
  • The Confabulist by Steven Galloway
  • The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe
  • The Incarnations by Susan Barker
  • The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
  • The Peripheral by William Gibson
  • The Storied Life of A J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller
  • We are Called to Rise by Laura McBride

Spring 2015

  • A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie
  • Academy Street by Mary Costello
  • Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead
  • Everland by Rebecca Hunt
  • Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson
  • Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes
  • The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis
  • The Black Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black
  • The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt
  • The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
  • The Mask of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
  • Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre

Winter 2015

  • The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton 3 stars
  • Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
  • Her by Harriet Lane
  • In the Light of What we Know by Zia Haider Rahman
  • The Accident by Chris Pavone
  • The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera
  • The Bees by Laline Paull
  • The Beggar & the Hare by Tuomas Kyro
  • The Churchill Secret by Jonathan Smith
  • The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
  • The Restoration of Otto Laird by Nigel Packer
  • The Spring of Kasper Meier by Ben Fergusson

Autumn 2014

  • The Quick by Lauren Owen
  • The Coincidence Authority by J W Ironmonger
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
  • The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen
  • When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan
  • Ghost Moth by Michele Forbes
  • Sedition by Katherine Grant
  • Love & Treasure by Ayelet Waldman
  • A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli
  • The Strangler Vine by M J Carter
  • The Undertaking by Audrey Magee
  • The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson

Summer 2014

  • All That Is by James Salter
  • Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas
  • If I Close My Eyes Now by Edney Silvestre
  • In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge
  • Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
  • The Deaths by Mark Lawson
  • The Girl with All the Gifts by M R Carey
  • The Last Days of the Bus Club by Chris Stewart
  • The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane
  • The Norfolk Mystery by Ian Sansom
  • The Pure Gold Baby by Margaret Drabble
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Late Spring 2014

  • The Hive by Gill Hornby
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  • The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
  • An Englishman in Madrid by Eduardo Mendoza
  • Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers
  • The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  • A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgard
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • Lying Under the Apple Tree by Alice Munro
  • The List of my Desires by Gregoire Delacourt
  • The Carriage House by Louise Hall

Spring 2014

  • Perfect by Rachel Joyce
  • The Son by Philipp Meyer
  • Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe
  • The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto
  • One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
  • Cruel Crossing by Edward Stourton
  • Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • The Infatuations by Javier Marias
  • The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  • Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason

Winter 2014

  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer
  • Big Brother by Lionel Shriver
  • Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw
  • Mad Girl’s Love Song by Andrew Wilson
  • The Fields by Kevin Maher
  • The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
  • The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
  • The Engagements by J Courtney Sullivan
  • The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry
  • The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
  • Red Joan by Jennie Rooney

Autumn 2013

  • Norwegian by Night by Derek B Miller
  • Augustus by John Williams
  • Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
  • The Middlesteins by Jami Attenburg
  • A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee
  • This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
  • The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond
  • A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
  • On the Map by Simon Garfield
  • Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre
  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
  • The Accidental Apprentice by Vikas Swarup

Summer 2013

  • Penelope by Rebecca Harrington
  • Our Spoons Came from Woolworths by Barbara Comyns
  • Patrick Leigh Fermor by Artemis Cooper
  • The Collini Case by Ferdinand Von Schirach
  • Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman
  • Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
  • The Honey Guide by Richard Crompton
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • Unexpected Lessons in Love by Bernardine Bishop
  • The Plantagenets by Dan Jones

Spring 2013

  • Skios by Michael Frayn
  • The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger
  • Dear Lupin by Roger & Charlie Mortimer
  • Burying the Typewriter by Carmen Bugan
  • Ancient Light by John Banville
  • Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham
  • The House of Rumour by Jake Arnott
  • In the Kingdom of Men by Kim Barnes
  • Walking Home by Simon Armitage
  • Hawthorn & Child by Keith Ridgway
  • Heft by Liz Moore
  • May We Be Forgiven by A M Homes
  • The President’s Hat by Antoine Laurain
  • Merckx by William Fotheringham

Winter 2013

Autumn 2012

  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey 4 stars
  • The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore
  • Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles
  • The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen
  • Misery Bay by Steve Hamilton
  • Secrets of the Tides by Hannah Richell
  • The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
  • When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
  • Boomerang by Michael Lewis
  • Is That a Fish in Your Ear? by David Bellos
  • The English Monster by Lloyd Shepherd
  • The Man Who Forgot His Wife by John O’Farrell

Summer 2012

  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window & Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson 5 stars
  • Disgrace by Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • One on One by Craig Brown
  • In Defence of Dogs by John Bradshaw
  • The Two Week Wait by Sarah Rayner
  • Bereft by Chris Womersley
  • The Absolutist by John Boyne
  • The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
  • The Submission by Amy Waldman
  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
  • The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams
  • The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

Spring 2012

  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 5 stars
  • At Last by Edward St Aubyn
  • Some Girls, Some Hats & Hitler by Trudi Kanter
  • On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
  • Why be Happy When You Could be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
  • Night Waking by Sarah Moss
  • A Lily of the Field by John Lawton
  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  • The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam
  • Pao by Kerry Young

Winter 2012


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