The latest breaking news, comment and features from The Independent. From the case of a young boy who refuses medical treatment on religious grounds (The Children Act) to the angst of a young couple honeymooning on the Dorset coast (On Chesil Beach), Ian McEwan’s choice of subjects is never predictable. Cara Hunter is the latest novelist to set her books in the city – to striking effect. Macneal is a writer and potter and worked in the City for several years before completing a creative writing MA at the University of East Anglia. Superbly written and utterly readable, this novel is a delight from start to finish. Glamorous and vivid, with fascinating historical detail. Psychotherapist Theo Faber is fascinated by the fact that Alicia has never spoken since the shooting and five years on is determined to discover exactly what happened. 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Kate Atkinson and David Nicholls are two of the UK’s most successful authors and they both released highly anticipated books this summer – Big Sky by Atkinson, which continues the story of private investigator Jackson Brodie, and Sweet Sorrow by Nicholls, the account of a boy’s first love affair. More Bookish Resources... Indie Bestsellers. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world and expert advice. Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes. Our main stipulations were that the novels should be original, compelling and superbly written – the kind of books you’ll want to recommend to your friends. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Become an Affiliate. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent. Sweet Sorrow is another of this summer’s most eagerly awaited novels. Booksellers Recommend. Independent Spirit ... 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Our other top reads are David Nicholls’s Sweet Sorrow, a nostalgic coming-of-age story, and Elizabeth Macneal’s dazzling debut, The Doll Factory. Set amid the squalor and chaos of Victorian London, The Doll Factory is the tale of aspiring artist Iris, who becomes a model for Pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost on the condition that he teaches her to paint. From Brideshead Revisited to the Inspector Morse books, Oxford is the setting for some remarkable novels. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. The two protagonists, Tiffy Moore and Leon Twomey, are immensely likeable and the comic situation they find themselves in is entirely believable. As the novel opens, Waits is on duty in an abandoned hospital ward, sitting with a dying murderer and hoping he’ll reveal the location of his final victim before he dies.