Lucy Diamond: What's on my bookshelf

Bestselling author Lucy Diamond shares just a few of the books she's read and loved.

I constantly have a book on the go – for me, happiness is a well-stocked bookshelf, or a friend pressing a new title into my hand, saying “You've got to read this.” And so here I am, repaying those favours and passing on the love. You've got to read these.

We Own The Sky

by Luke Allnut

Book cover for We Own The Sky

This is an absolute heartbreaker… one of those rare books that made me cry, laugh and ultimately feel uplifted. The story follows a family – mother, father and son – and how they cope with a devastating series of events. It's beautifully written and deeply moving.

Our House

by Louise Candlish

Book cover for Our House

A brilliant thriller, the plot of which unrolls like clockwork. After a few days away, Fi comes home to find a couple moving into the house she owns with her ex-husband, Bram. Her belongings have vanished – and so has Bram. This is a tale of betrayal and double-crossing… with a jaw-dropping sting in the tail.

Conversations with Friends

by Sally Rooney

Book cover for Conversations with Friends

I was given this for Christmas and devoured it in a single day. Funny, salty and well-observed, the story coolly and forensically examines modern relationships with all their mess and complexity. Wonderful.

Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense

by Jenny Uglow

Book cover for Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense

Another Christmas present – and one still to be enjoyed. This is the biography of Edward Lear, the Victorian writer and artist, who appears full of contradictions. I love biographies, especially of authors, and this one has had rave reviews. I think it's going to be a feast of a book.