Three titles by authors who I have read before - Nicola Barker, Ian McEwan and Michael Redhill. Its always good to read familiar authors as you can judge how the novel rates compared to their previous efforts.
The books seem to cover quite a lot of distance both in time and geography - so I should get a pleasant mix of flavours. A couple of themes that seem to have appeared in a few novels of late - post 9/11 reflections (The Reluctant Fundamentalist) and the disappearing child (What Was Lost).
Some of the novels seem quite lengthy, clocking in at over 400 pages, but a few are under that so hopefully it should balance out.
Initial impressions draw me towards Gifted and Animal’s People, and make me a little wary of The Gift of Rain and Consolation - but I remind myself that many a book turns out to be better than the cover blurb suggests.