Pile By the Bed reviews The Nickel Boys, by Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead, the story of a reformatory school in Florida in the 1960s.
Pile by the Bed reviews Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry, the story of two ageing Irish gangsters and finds it to be a cross between Samuel Beckett and Quentin Tarrantino
Pile by the Bed reviews Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, a dark fantasy novel set in the very real world of the secret societies of Yale University.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Dutch House by Ann Patchett a beautifully observed book of families and coming to terms with your past.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott, a debut novel about the creation and distribution of Doctor Zhivago during the Cold War.
Pile by the Bed reviews See you at the Toxteth – a retrospective collection of the works by the Godfather of Australian crime fiction – Peter Corris
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Jade War by Fonda Lee, second book in the Green Bone trilogy.
Pile by the Bed reviews the novel version of Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke – a “stunning work of fantasy”.
Pile by the Bed reviews Fortune by Lenny Bartulin – “an original, vibrant and entertaining historical novel”
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends the new short story collection by Chris Womersley and finds it like a cross between Raymond Carver and Stephen King.
Pile by the Bed reviews Daughter of Bad Times by Rohan Wilson – a cautionary tale that tackles climate change and corporatisation
Pile by the Bed reviews Bodies of Men by Nigel Featherstone and finds it “resonant and thematically rich”.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Rosewater Insurrection by Tade Thompson (Wormwood #2).
Pile by the Bed reviews Tiamat’s Wrath by JAmes SA Corey (The Expanse #8) – another top entry in a great space opera series
Pile by the Bed reviews A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine – a strong modern space opera debut.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Rip by Mark Brandi – “another assured, powerful piece of crime fiction”.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Test by Sylvain Neuvel a timely, Black Mirror-style look at citizenship tests.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie, a book that reinvents the ground rules of the fantasy genre.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Vogue, a dark tale of revenge and retribution by Eoin McNamee
Pile By the Bed Top 5 Books of 2018 (+ 5 honourable mentions)