Pile by the Bed reviews Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong, conclusion to her 1920s Shanghai set, Shakespeare inspired These Violent Delights.
Pile byt the Bed reviews The Sentence by American indigenous author Louise Erdrich set in a small Minneapolic bookstore impacted by the tumultuous events of 2020.
Pile by the Bed reviews Dust off the Bones by Paul Howarth, sequel to Only Killers and Thieves, an Australian western tale exploring the aftermath of the massacre of an Aboriginal community.
Pile by the Bed reviews Private Prosecution a debut crime thiller by Australian author Lisa Ellery.
Pile by the Bed reviews Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk's 2014 magnum opus The Books of Jacob centering around a little known Jewish messianic sect in eighteenth century Eastern Europe.
Pile by the Bed reviews Harsh Times by Mario Vargas Llosa looking at the American inspired political unrest in Guatemala in the 1950s and 60s.
It was a tough choice but here are Pile by the Bed's top 5 books of 2021 and five honourable mentions.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Quantum War, the third of four books planned in Derek Künsken's heist-fuelled science fiction Quantum Evolution series.
Pile by the Bed's top five science fiction novels for 2021 with five honourable mentions.
Pile by the Bed's top 5 (actually 6) fantasy novels of 2021 and four honourable mentions
Pile by the Bed reviews Lemon by Kwon Yeo-Sun a Korean crime novel that touches on a range of Korean social issues.
Pile by the Bed reviews Canticle Creek by Adrian Hyland - an Australian procedural, set in rural Victoria but with links back to the Northern Territory.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Russian Wife, the fourteenth in Australian crime writer Barry Maitland's Brock and Kolla series.
Pile by the Bed reviews Kill your Brother - a breathless, tense and violent but compulsive thriller from Jack Heath.
Pile by the Bed reviews Noor by Nnedi Okorafor - a stand alone cyberpunk, Africanfuturist roadtrip with a resilient heroine at its core.
Pile by the Bed reviews Leviathan Falls by James SA Corey - the ninth and final book in The Expanse series. Recommended.
Pile by the Bed reviews Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead, a great American novel rich with character, theme and resonance and shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Promise by Damon Galgut, winner of the 2021 Booker Prize, a vebally inventive novel dealing with the last thirty years of South African history.
Pile by the Bed reviews Cosmogramma by Courttia Newland a book of short stories casting a new slant on familiar speculative fiction tropes.
Pile by the Bed reviews Devotion by Hannah Kent, a romance set against the story of the immigration of German religious communities to South Australia in the nineteenth century.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Last Woman in the World by Inga Simpson a post-apocalyptic tale that takes the recent experiences of the bushfires and pandemic in Australia as inspiration.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Fell in which Sarah Moss takes on the social impacts of the pandemic and associated lockdowns.
Pile by the Bed reviews Wild Place by Christian White - a dark, twisty descent into the suburbs when a teenager goes missing in the late 1980s.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Safe Place by LA Larkin - a page-turning thriller involving domestic violence, gaslighting and a serial arsonist with the tension fuelled by an encoaching megafire
Pile by the Bed reviews The Way It Is Now, the new stand alone novel by Australian master crime writer Garry Disher.
Pile by the Bed reviews Far From the Light of Heaven in which Tade Thompson brings his unique style to a spaceship-based locked room mystery.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends the final John Le Carré novel Silverview which shows once again why he was considered the master of the espionage novel.
Pile by the Bed reviews Case Study by Graham Macrae Burnet a layered exploration of self and identity set in in 1960s London.
Pile by the Bed reviews Making Nice by Ferdinand Mount a very British satire looking at modern politics and public relations.
Pile byt the Bed reviews A Good Winter by Gigi Fenster - "a derk descent into a troubled mind" and winner of the 2020 Michael Gifkins Prize.
Pile by the Bed reviews Two Sisters Detective Agency, the latest collaboration between James Paterson and Candice Fox and likely start to a new series.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Apollo Murders an alternate history techno-thriller debut by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Wild Abandon by Emily Bitto a thematically rich coming of age story set in New York and rural America in 2011.
Pile by the Bed reviews Five Minds a debut high concept crime novel by Guy Morpuss
Pile by the Bed reviews The Judge's List by John Grisham, sequel to his 2016 novel The Whistler featuring investigator Lacy Stoltz
Pile by the Bed reviews A Corruption of Blood by Ambrose Parry, the third book in the Raven and Fisher historical crime series based around a medical practice in Edinburgh in the 19th Century
Pile by the Bed reviews The Escapement by Lavie Tidhar a new wierd fantasy with Western styling.
Pile by the Bed reviews Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia a Mexican vampire novel that does new and interesting things with the genre.