Nutshell by Ian McEwan. An unborn baby listens to all that goes on outside his watery world, and doesn’t like the sound of it one bit. Fantastic writing by McEwan.
The Good Guy by Susan Beale. Ted, a salesman, needs to be admired. He falls for someone who does that, unfortunately not his wife. Beale’s irony makes this interesting.
Meeting the English by Kate Clanchy. Very funny. A young Scottish man, Struan, takes a job looking after an ageing, wealthy Englishman. I listened to a great reading of this on Talking Book.
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith. Sara and her husband Barent are painters during what later becomes known as the Golden Age of Dutch painting. Their beloved only child is taken by the Plague. To assuage her grief, Sara paints. This excellent story starts there.