Knight's new psychological thriller is Disclaimer.
Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Her reply:
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne TylerLearn more about Disclaimer at the publisher's website.
I'm half way through this and love it. It's a sharp, unflinching look at a family and yet reads soft and beguiling. It's funny and I find myself smiling a lot, but there is a tension running through it with an undercurrent of, not menace exactly, but something uneasy. There is a casual ease to the writing and the structure, as if it just fell into place which of course it did not. A testimony to a brilliant writer. I am sorry every time I have to put this book down.
Through the Window: Seventeen Essays and a Short Story by Julian Barnes
This has been next to my bed since my husband gave it to me a few years ago. The essays are about writers and fiction. There is a wonderful quote on the back: 'novels tell us the most truth about life: what it is, how we live it, what it might be for, how we enjoy and value it, how it goes wrong, and how we lose it....' I love Julian Barnes' novels and his essays have the same calm, precise style. I am in awe. The first essay is 'The Deceptiveness of Penelope Fitzgerald' and, being a rather orderly person, this is where I began. As a fifty something woman about to write her first novel it stiffened my resolve to read that Penelope Fitzgerald had her first one published at the age of fifty-eight. What comes through in these essays is Barnes' generosity and honesty. I like having this book next to my bed and am in no rush to finish it.