These are two of my favourite authors. Niall Williams is Irish, and wrote those stunning books Four Letters of Love and As It Is in Heaven. He’s taken five years to write his new book, History of the Rain, and it’s been worth the wait. His writing is lyrical, intelligent, with a great sense of place. In short, beautiful. Completely different is Malla Nunn’s Present Darkness, a book that continues the story of Detective Emmanuel Cooper, a detective in 1952’s South Africa with its apartheid society. Nunn is able to bring that time to life and we understand the pitfalls in Cooper’s life, a man who fought in WWII and is still suffering from his battles. If you like crime, you’ll love Malla Nunn.