Paperback || J. M. Coetzee || Vintage Publishing
After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, has an impulsive affair with a student. The affair sours; he is denounced and summoned before a committee of inquiry. Willing to admit his guilt, but refusing to yield to pressure to repent publicly, he resigns and retreats to his daughter Lucy's isolated smallholding.
For a time, his daughter's influence and the natural rhythms of the farm promise to harmonise his disco...
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Paperback || Mark Haddon || Vintage Publishing
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's Syndrome.
He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched.
He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrif...
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Paperback || Jane Jacobs || Vintage Publishing
In this classic text, Jane Jacobs set out to produce an attack on current city planning and rebuilding and to introduce new principles by which these should be governed.