Air by Geoff Ryman


Geoff Ryman

A wonderfully inventive and somewhat terrifying view of a world where the internet links directly to the brain - yet an old-fashioned tale of the peasants' struggle to survive and succeed - and Mae is the shrewdest of heroines. I loved every minute of it!


The two women looked at each other. The money was between them. Mae looked at it, considering its power. 'But,' Mae sighed, 'he makes you rich. That is why you married him. And therefore you cannot question the way he makes his money. As you say: It pays for fashion.' She put it back into her dress. Sunni's face had crumpled, her mouth working. She wanted revenge now - revenge for being so coldly, clearly described. 'Fashion expert. Who will need you ah? Who will want your advice, servant, when your friend Wing's TV gives us all advice, and better advice than you ever gave. Peasant. Farmer's wife!'

  • The Child Garden by Geoff Ryman
  • Theirs is the Kingdom by R F Delderfield
  • Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Books with similar mood

For Matrimonial Purposes

Kavita Daswani

Sari and Sins

Nisha Minhas

Drinking Midnight Wine

Simon R Green

Peacocks Dancing

Sharon Maas

Winnie and Wolf

A N Wilson

Edward Trencom's Nose

Giles Milton

Dinner for Two

Mike Gayle

A Few Little Lies

Sue Welfare

Black Swan Green

David Mitchell

The Left-handed Booksellers of London

Garth Nix

Now We Shall Be Entirely Free

Andrew Miller

Palm Beach Finland

Antti Tuomainen

A Song from Dead Lips

William Shaw

Love and Fallout

Kathryn Simmonds

A Man Against a Background of Flames

Paul Hoggart


Tim O'Brien


Marian Keyes

Blue Mountain

Meir Shalev

England All Over

Joseph Gallivan

The Dissident

Nell Freudenberger

The Janissary Tree

Jason Goodwin

Rush Oh!

Shirley Barrett

The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

Eve Harris

A Girl Could Stand Up

Leslie Marshall

Some Kind of Hero

Donna Hay

A Gathering Light

Jennifer Donnelly

Paradise Salvage

John Fusco

Standing in the Rainbow

Fannie Flagg

Running Rings

John McLaren

The Temple of Optimism

James Fleming

Unexpected Lessons in Love

Bernadine Bishop

The Road From Damascus

Robin Yassin-Kassab

We Are All Made of Glue

Marina Lewycka


Oscar Casares

Beyond the Great Indoors

Ingvar Ambjørnsen

The Spectacle Salesman's Family

Viola Roggenkamp

Natural Flights of the Human Mind

Clare Morrall


Manju Kapur

Behaving like adults

Anna Maxted

Startling Moon

Liu Hong

The Mistress of Lilliput

Alison Fell

White Teeth

Zadie Smith

The Idea of Perfection

Kate Grenville

Passing Go

Libby Purves


Molly McCloskey

What About Me?

Kate Figes

The Wind from the East

Almudena Grandes

Ukulele Jam

Alen Mešković

Deadly Diplomacy

Jean Harrod