Dian Setterfield, Francesca Kay, Maggie O’Farrell, Rachel Edwards … Susanna Beard talks about the books she’s lined up to read

The Truth Waits Cover with quotesWhat are some of the titles in your current TRB pile?

Once Upon a River by Dian Setterfield – I heard her speak at the Henley Literary Festival, and this book concerns the River Thames, which is close to my home and I walk there every day.

The Translation of the Bones by Francesca Kay – I loved An Equal Stillness, which I admired both for the writing and the power of the story.

I Am I Am I Am by Maggie O’Farrell – she’s such a great writer.

What book are you currently reading?

Darling, by Rachel Edwards – it’s fab. It concerns the relationship between a stepmother and her stepdaughter, and includes themes like racism, bullying and family tensions. It’s full of suspense and I can’t wait to find out how it ends.

What do you hope to add to your TBR pile soon and why?

I want to read more of Marian Keyes’ books, because I’ve only read one, and really enjoyed it; anything by Matt Haig, because he’s such a great storyteller and his books about mental illness are life-affirming and tender; Milkman by Anna Burns, to see what makes it good enough to win the Man Booker prize 2018.  

Bonus: Which author do you want to see have a new book out soon?

Elizabeth Day, who wrote The Party. Wonderful writing and a beautifully told, complex and rich story; and Sarah Winman, whose titles When God Was a Rabbit and Tin Man are among my favourites.  


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251A1726Susanna is fascinated by human relationships. She can be found people-watching wherever she goes, finding material for her writing. Despite the writer’s life, she has an adventurous streak and has swum with whale sharks in Australia, fallen down a crevasse in the French Alps and walked through the sewers of Brighton – not in that order.

Her passions include animals — particularly her dogs — walking in the countryside and tennis, which clears her brain of pretty much everything.

Susanna’s debut novel, Dare to Remember, a psychological thriller, was published in February 2017. Her second, The Truth Waits, launched on 1 November 2018. She aims to keep writing, and never to get old.