An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears. A murder in 17th-century Oxford is related from the contradictory points of view of four of the characters, all of them unreliable narrators. The setting of the novel is 1663, just after the restoration of the monarchy following the English Civil War, when the authority of King Charles II is not yet settled, and conspiracies abound. Wonderful!
A professional chef makes a life-changing decision to marry a man she hardly knows, leaving her life, family and country to live in Venice. Doing what she does best while learning about the unique way things are done in the ancient city she now calls home, her new husband helps her manoeuvre through a society older than she's experienced before.
rereading this, I enjoyed it immensely again. Byatt's acute observations on literary criticism and theory, on the nature of possession and the cerebral and visceral pleasure of reading make this a compelling read every time.
2016 is going to be a good year for movies. With sure to be blockbuster-hits like Zoolander 2, Batman V. Superman, and Disney's newest animated classic Zootopia, theaters are definitely going to be bumping. And in addition to these original films, the lineup is full of many fantastic books being