1. A Room With A View, E.M. Forster - see previous post on this.
2. The Master, Colm Toibin - fictionalized account of the life of Henry James. Loneliness and solitude caused by his supposed unresolved sexual identity. Strong, lyrical writing.
3. The Other Side of the Story, Marian Keyes. First book I've read by this prolific "chic-lit" writer. Critics raved about this being her best book. Not a bad read, and a page-turner.
4. A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, Xiaolu Guo. Story of a Chinese girl who lives in London for a year to learn English. In learning a new language she discovers (very epistemologically) a new way of looking at the world and the/her self. Many sentences are gems.