Kate Atkinson - Case Histories
This has been a merited best seller since its first publication in 2004. It's funny, touching and laugh out loud outrageous at times. Reminds of Dickens in the collection of characters she's brought to life.
I'm now starting to work my way through her other books. If like me you're coming late in the day to her books then I recommend you give it a whirl. I didn't want to put it down when I began.