Susan Hill’s The small hand is a lucid gem of a ghost story. I read it in a single sitting, although it must be admitted it is not long- it contains an unforgettable haunted garden and the best fictional description of the atmosphere to be found in a Cistercian monastery.
David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas lives up to all its hype. Sci-fi, detective story, historical pastiche, knock about comedy, in a cat’s cradle of invention. Eye ball glue.