I continue to recommend Pollard by Laura Beatty as the best book I have read in 10 years. Although there are many wonderful novels to choose from in the game of superlatives, Pollard still stands out as a gem. A very complete work, it is intimate, disturbing, authentic and written as if by the recurring Chorus of Trees which adopts 15 year old Anne as she runs off to the forest to escape her banal existence and be irreversibly absorbed into the nature of her beautiful and yet dangerous environment.

Vintage Books/paperback/£8.99/9780099516941

Philip Maltman