1. The Orenda by Joseph Boyden (Penguin)
"An important, beautiful and sometimes horrendous novel of Canada’s First Nations history, as told by a masterful Canadian storyteller."
2. The Baroness: The Search for Nica, the Rebellious Rothschild by Hannah Rothschild (Knopf)
"Combining for me my love of reading and jazz is this biography of Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koeigswarter (nee Rothschild), also known as Nica, the Jazz Baroness, told against the backdrop of her family history and the events of the twentieth century."
"Gaiman confronts the disparate views of adults and children as the narrator revisits the scenes of his childhood."
"Seldom does a book bring me to tears but there was a moment in the final chapter when I was very close."
5. Mr. Seldon's Map of China by Timothy Brook (Anansi)
"Brook gives us a brief view of England and China (also other trading nations such as The Netherlands and Spain) but concentrates more on the possible provenance of the map."