1) The Dutch House - Ann Patchett.
2) Traitors of Rome (Eagles of the Empire 18) - Simon Scarrow.
3) Night Frost - RD Wingfield.
4) Chessmen of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs.
5) Three Sisters, Three Queens - Philippa Gregory.
6) Away With The Penguins - Hazel Prior.
7) Confessions of a Curious Bookseller - Elizabeth Green.
8. James Acaster's Classic Scrapes - James Acaster.
9) Nina Stibbe - Paradise Lodge. A young girl works in a care home in the 80s (maybe earlier), and ends up preferring it to school. Nina Stibbe writes funny stories of the everyday, and every one I've read has made me laugh out loud. I doubt this bit will do it on its own, but it gives you an idea of the style:
It was really sad, and I hate writing it, but Sally-Anne didn't suit trousers. It was to do with her stance (imagine an oddish man about to toss the caber).
Oh, and she makes a list of euphemisms and their meaning for the new boss:
Powder my nose - go to the toilet
Spend a penny - urinate
Tinkle - urinate
Wee Wee - urinate
Number two - open bowel
Do business - open bowel
Pass away - die
Pass on - die
Gone - died
Fallen asleep - died
Taken - died
It goes on to - in fact, you know what, I can't resist:
Ha'penny - vagina
Tuppence - vagina
Twinkle - vagina
Downstairs - vagina
Sweetie - vagina
Place - vagina
Soldier - penis