The Guardian website has a list of books that various authors are recommending, from this year.  Here is the list.  http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/nov/28/christmas-book-choice-review

Hilary Mantel recommends MJ Hyland’s This Is How (Canongate).  Mantel argues that “Maria Hyland is like no one else writing today; her work is spare, ungiving, a challenge.   At the same time, it is deeply humane”. 

MJ Hyland was at the Segovia Hay Festival.  She was on the same platform as Isabel Fonesca who was promoting her book Attachment.  I have read both and prefer Attachment for its ability to explore emotion and relationship.

This mention of MJ Hyland reminded me that I have some photos from the festival that I could share.