My Man Booker Prize plans

Each year I usually give myself the ambitious challenge of reading all of the books on The Man Booker longlist. This year, I’m cutting myself some slack. I’ve taken a look through the longlist and only a small handful jump out at me. One of the things I love about literary prizes is discovering new authors and fantastic stories, but this year I want to focus on the ones that excite me, because after all life is too short to spend time reading books that I know I won’t enjoy…

Out of the thirteen books, I’ve already read two: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry and Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, both of which I’ve written mini reviews on. There are eleven books left to pick from and my Man Booker picks are:

The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (Hamish Hamilton)

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on a journey of many years-the story spooling outwards from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi into the burgeoning new metropolis and beyond, to the Valley of Kashmir and the forests of Central India, where war is peace and peace is war, and where, from time to time, ‘normalcy’ is declared.

Anjum, who used to be Aftab, unrolls a threadbare carpet in a city graveyard that she calls home. A baby appears quite suddenly on a pavement, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter. The enigmatic S. Tilottama is as much of a presence as she is an absence in the lives of the three men who loved her.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once an aching love story and a decisive remonstration. It is told in a whisper, in a shout, through tears and sometimes with a laugh. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, mended by love-and by hope. For this reason, they are as steely as they are fragile, and they never surrender. This ravishing, magnificent book reinvents what a novel can do and can be. And it demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts.

Autumn by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

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Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic once-in-a-generation summer.

Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand in hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever . . .

Swing Time by Zadie Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

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Two brown girls dream of being dancers – but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, black bodies and black music, what it means to belong, what it means to be free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten either.

Bursting with energy, rhythm and movement, Swing Time is Zadie Smith’s most ambitious novel yet. It is a story about music and identity, race and class, those who follow the dance and those who lead it . . .

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Fleet)

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Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.

In Whitehead’s razor-sharp imagining of the antebellum South, the Underground Railroad has assumed a physical form: a dilapidated box car pulled along subterranean tracks by a steam locomotive, picking up fugitives wherever it can. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But its placid surface masks an infernal scheme designed for its unknowing black inhabitants. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher sent to find Cora, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.

At each stop on her journey, Cora encounters a different world. As Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America, from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once the story of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shatteringly powerful meditation on history.

Out of the longlist, which ones are you most excited for? Do you think I’ve missed some essential reading off my list?

  • 4 3 2 1by Paul Auster (US) (Faber & Faber)
  • Days Without Endby Sebastian Barry (Ireland) (Faber & Faber)
  • History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
  • Solar Bonesby Mike McCormack (Ireland) (Canongate)
  • Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (UK) (4thEstate)
  • Elmetby Fiona Mozley (UK) (JM Originals)
  • The Ministry Of Utmost Happinessby Arundhati Roy (India) (Hamish Hamilton)
  • Lincoln in the Bardoby George Saunders (US) (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • Home Fireby Kamila Shamsie (UK-Pakistan) (Bloomsbury Circus)
  • Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (US) (Fleet)

 

Where I’ve been…

For the last couple of months I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump and things have been a bit quieter on the blog than I’d have liked. But, I promise there is a good reason for this – I’ve been beavering away, working hard setting up my online gift-box brownie business ready for launch! For those of you that don’t know, last November – after six years of working at a fantastic London PR firm – I quit my job to pursue my passion of baking.

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Well, I am super pleased to say that Nutkins Bakery is now fully up-and-running and OPEN FOR BUSINESS. You can order gift-box brownies, with personalised gift cards, for delivery anywhere in the UK.

After months and months of hard work, late nights, blood, sweat and tears I’ve actually managed to create a site that I’m pretty proud of – at the start of this process I decided I’d build and design the website by myself, with no professional help. Looking back, I’m not sure what I was thinking…but I managed to solve the problems I had and got there in the end!

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Needless to say, I’d be absolutely over the moon if you paid my site a visit – www.nutkinsbakery.co.uk. I like to think brownies are the perfect gift, and let’s face it they’re far tastier than flowers! Please do let me know what you think of the site!

As a welcome offer, I’ve got a discount code for 10% off all orders in August. Don’t miss out!

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If you do place and order and enjoy them, I’d also love it if you left a review on Facebook (Facebook.com/NutkinsBakery), followed my Instagram/ Twitter (@NutkinsBakery) or recommended the site to a friend – after all, as a small business we count on recommendations from lovely folk like you. It really would mean the world to me.

Blog Tour: Our Memory Like Dust by Gavin Chait

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Good morning and happy Friday! Welcome to my stop on the Our Memory Like Dust blog tour. Here goes…

About the book: 

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Why do we tell stories? To hold on to what has been loved and lost, to create new myths, to explain and teach in ways that seep into memory.

Shakiso Collard leads the evacuation from Benghazi as jihadis overwhelm the refugee camp where she works. On arrival in Paris, she is betrayed by her boss, Oktar Samboa, and watches in despair as those she illegally helped escape are deported back to the warzones of Libya.

Elsewhere, Farinata Uberti – strongman CEO of Rosneft, the world’s largest energy company – arrives in London after triggering a violent insurrection in Tanzania to destroy a potential rival in the oil market. In the Sahara, an air convoy on its way to deliver billions of dollars of drugs and weapons to Ansar Dine jihadis crashes and is lost.

A year later, having spent months in hiding, Shakiso travels to West Africa. She is there to lead the relief effort that are hoping to stop the 200 million refugees fleeing war and environmental collapse heading for a fortified and fragmented Europe.

As the myths of these millions seeking new lives across the Mediterranean intrude into reality, Shakiso is drawn into the brutal clandestine fight against Rosneft’s domination of European energy supplies being conducted by the mysterious Simon Adaro. And, deep within the disorienting Harmattan storms of the desert, a group of jihadis have gone in search of the crashed convoy of planes – and a terror that could overwhelm them all.

Author: Gavin Chait
Publisher:
Doubleday
Hardback: 400 pages, 27 July 2017

My thoughts:

Following a number of characters and storylines, at first Our Memory Like Dust is a little confusing, but soon enough you start to connect the dots and the story unfolds. Throughout, Chait focuses on the fragility of memory, which ultimately is explored through the good, the bad, the powerful, the helpless and those in between. Set in Africa, in a dystopian future there are loads of cool tech ideas and concepts that Chait includes to bring the story to life.

I found that Chait tackles so many contemporary issues throughout, that sometimes I had to take a step back to get my head around what was going on. Themes of war, conflict, mythology and politics cropped up, but to name a few. However, I certainly think it worked with his style and also the woven story that he tells, which is rich and disturbing in places.

Going into Our Memory Like Dust, I had no idea what to expect. After finishing it, I’m still digesting it in my head and going over what happened. Overall, Our Memory Like Dust is a really unusual read and was not at all what I was expecting. This book is ideal if you’re looking for a slow burner and are a lover of light sci-fi or dystopian fiction.

About the author:

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Born in Cape Town in 1974, Gavin Chait emigrated to the UK nearly ten years ago. He has degrees in Microbiology & Biochemistry, and Electrical Engineering. He is an economic development strategist and data scientist, and has travelled extensively in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia and is now based in Oxford. His first novel, Lament for the Fallen, was critically acclaimed (Eric Brown in the Guardian called it ‘a compulsively readable, life affirming tale’). Our Memory Like Dust is his second.

I received an advanced copy of Our Memory Like Dust in exchange for a fair, honest and unbiased review. Thanks Rosie!

 

Author Interview: Chris Carter, The Caller

Today I’m joined by the wonderful author Chris Carter to celebrate the paperback publication of The Caller, which is the eighth book in the Robert Hunter series. Before we get into the juicy stuff, let me tell you a little bit about both Chris and the book first…

The Caller:

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Be careful before answering your next call. It could be the beginning of your worst nightmare.

After a tough week, Tanya Kaitlin is looking forward to a relaxing night in, but as she steps out of her shower, she hears her phone ring.  The video call request comes from her best friend, Karen Ward.  Tanya takes the call and the nightmare begins.

Detectives Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia are thrown into a rollercoaster of evil, chasing a predator who scouts the streets and social media networks for victims, taunting them with secret messages and feeding on their fear.

Author: Chris Carter
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Paperback: 496 pages (also available in hardback, eBook and audio book)

About Chris Carter:

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Chris was born in Brasilia, Brazil where he spent his childhood and teenage years. After graduating from high school, he moved to the USA where he studied psychology, specialising in criminal behaviour. During his University years I held a variety of odd jobs, ranging from flipping burgers to being part of an all-male exotic dancing group.

He worked as a criminal psychologist for several years, during which he interviewed and worked on over one hundred cases involving serial killers, murderers and serious offenders, before moving to Los Angeles, where he swapped the suits and briefcases for ripped jeans, bandanas and an electric guitar. After a spell playing for several well-known glam rock bands, he decided to try my luck in London, where he was fortunate enough to have played for a number of famous artists. He toured the world several times as a professional musician. A few years ago he gave it all up to become a full time writer.

So, without further ado – let’s have a little chat…

HBC: How do you research crimes and murders to ensure they’re portrayed credibly in the books?
CC: Other than drawing from my past experiences with crime scenes and working with the police, I do use the Internet a lot.  There are several sites that report on crime in more detail than the regular media.  They are a great source of information.  I also have a couple of contacts in morgues for the forensics details.

HBC: I saw recently that you have insomnia – how do you decide which of your own experiences / personality traits will be present in your characters and do you get your best ideas for writing at night?
CC: The personality traits I share with Hunter (some with Garcia as well) were decided randomly.  It is easier to talk or write about what you know.  In the case of insomnia, since I have suffered from it for so many years, it was very easy for me to create a character who suffered from the same affliction because I know exactly how that feels and the kind of problems that can come from it. To be honest, get ideas all the time.  At night, in the morning, in the afternoon… sometimes even when I’m asleep.  Any little fact can give me an idea for a plot, so I am always looking around for something that can trigger a story I my brain.

HBC: How have your studies in psychology and criminal behaviour, as well as your career as a criminal psychologist, influenced your writing?
CC:
It has completely influenced my writing.  My main detective is an ex-criminal psychologist and the main reason for that is so I can use my knowledge in the subject in my novels.  A lot of the crimes and crime scenes in my novels also derive from real crime scenes and cases I was a part of during my previous career.

HBC: What made you want to leave criminal psychology and your life as a musician behind, to pursue a career in writing?
CC: The truth is that I had never planned on writing a book.  I never though about a career in writing and I never spent any time thinking up stories or developing characters in my head that I would one day want to write about.  My submersion into the world of books – writing books that is – came out of a dream I had back in 2007.  I didn’t exactly leave music to become a writer.  I had stopped being a professional musician many years before I had the dream that led me to write my first book.

HBC: Having had a number of books out in fairly quick succession, how do you keep yourself motivated when writing and how do you avoid pressure?
CC: I’m not sure I can say that I had a number of books out in quick succession.  I release one book per year, which I think is about the norm for authors nowadays. The motivation for me is easy – I absolutely love what I do.   Love every part of the writing a novel process – the research, the creation of characters, the feeling that I get when I get a good idea for a plot… everything.  When you enjoy what you do so much, motivation isn’t a problem. Now pressure I can’t avoid.  I do basically live under it all the time, but I guess it helps push everything forward.

HBC: How has your own fear inspired your writing?
CC: Not very much, I’m afraid.  What I fear the most are large insects and spiders, but is not an obsessive fear.  I have used insects in one of my novels and I must admit that that was a very innerving scene to write.

HBC: Your books are addictive – do you have a formula in mind when writing?
CC:
I wouldn’t call it a formula, but I do follow a pattern, which started with my first book. Because The Crucifix Killer did so well when it was released, to me it stood to reason to write my second book using the same style I used with the first one, with one major change – I decided to use much shorter chapters.  That book also did very well, so I used the same pattern for my third novel and so on. I did try a brand new pattern for book six, which also worked very well.

HBC: What books and authors inspire you?
CC: The truth is that I don’t really have a favourite writer and I was not inspired to write by anyone.  I never even thought about being a writer until I had a dream about a story, which turned out to be The Crucifix Killer, my first novel.  I do respect every single author out there, because this is a tough job, I just don’t have a favourite one. I used to love reading Frederick Forsyth.

HBC: What’s next for you?
CC: I am now just finishing my 9th novel, which will be titled “The Gallery of the Dead”.  After that I will take a break of about one month before starting book number 10.

HBC: And finally, what are your vices?
CC: Dancing, single malt Scotch whisky and listening to music.

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A HUGE thank you to the wonderful Chris Carter for taking time out of his schedule to have a quick chat, and also to Jamie at Simon & Schuster for organising this opportunity. Keep your eyes peeled for a full review of this one next month.

Blog Tour: Dying to Live by Michael Stanley (Orenda Books)

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Hello everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Dying To Live Blog Tour – thanks Anne and Orenda Books for inviting me along for the ride.

About the book:

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When the body of a Bushman is discovered near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the death is written off as an accident. But all is not as it seems. An autopsy reveals that, although he’s clearly very old, his internal organs are puzzlingly young. What’s more, an old bullet is lodged in one of his muscles… but where is the entry wound?

When the body is stolen from the morgue and a local witch doctor is reported missing, Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu gets involved. But did the witch doctor take the body to use as part of a ritual? Or was it the American anthropologist who’d befriended the old Bushman? As Kubu and his brilliant young colleague, Detective Samantha Khama, follow the twisting trail through a confusion of rhino-horn smugglers, foreign gangsters and drugs manufacturers, the wider and more dangerous the case seems to grow.

A fresh, new slice of ‘Sunshine Noir’, Dying to Live is a classic tale of greed, corruption and ruthless thuggery, set in one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, and featuring one of crime fiction’s most endearing and humane heroes.

Author: Michael Stanley
Published by: Orenda Books
Paperback: Published 30th July 2017 

My thoughts:

Dying to Live is the sixth book in the Detective Kubu series – slight disclaimer: I haven’t actually read any of the preceding books, but I don’t think that impacted my reading experience as this worked fantastically as a solid stand-alone crime novel. From the outset, the premise of the crime is intriguing and hooks you in, as Kubu and Samantha untangle the crime the book is filled with tension, twists and turns, all of which kept me engaged throughout.

Alongside the main plot there is a parallel storyline where we get to know more about Kubu’s family and his daughter’s fight with HIV – this made his character likeable, giving him depth and compassion.

I loved the setting of the book, the African landscape added a different dimension, making it stand out from so many British crime books, which can sometimes feel a bit samey! Tales of bushmen and witchdoctors bought the book to life with snippets of history and vivid colour. I also liked how the authors created conflicting character opinions through their beliefs of the witchdoctors – it created atmosphere, as well as a sense of uncertainly. If you’re looking for a fairly light crime novel, which is a bit different, then I’d definitely recommend giving the Kubu books a go.

About the authors:

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Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Both were born in South Africa and have worked in academia and business. On a flying trip to Botswana, they watched a pack of hyenas hunt, kill, and devour a wildebeest, eating both flesh and bones. That gave them the premise for their first mystery, A Carrion Death, which introduced Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department. It was a finalist for five awards, including the CWA Debut Dagger. The series has been critically acclaimed, and their third book, Death of the Mantis, won the Barry Award and was a finalist for an Edgar award. Deadly Harvest was a finalist for an International Thriller Writers’ award, and book 5, A Death in the Family, was an international bestseller.

You can catch the other blog tour posts here:

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I received an advanced copy of Dying to Live from Orenda Books in exchange for a fair, honest and unbiased review. Thanks Karen, thanks Anne! 

Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

I’ve seen a few mid-year freak out posts, so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and get involved. Here goes..

1 – The best book you’ve read so far this year?

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It’s hard to pick! I did a wrap-up of my favourite reads of the year last month, but I think Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo has got to be up there as being the best of the bunch. I felt wholly invested in the story and was so sad when the book ended – Adébáyò manages to fit so much in, in less than 300 pages!

2- Your favourite sequel this year?

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The Search by Howard Linksey is the third crime novel in a series following investigative journalists Helen Norton and Tom Carney. No Name Lane and Behind Dead Eyes precede it. My blog tour review is here.

3- A new release that you haven’t read yet but really want to?

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The Dry by Jane Harper – I’ve heard nothing but great things and have been recommended this by a couple of people now! It was the Waterstones thriller of the month, the Simon Mayo Radio 2 book club choice and the Sunday Times crime thriller of the month, so I’m sure I’m in for a great read!

4- Most anticipated read for the second half of the year?

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Tin Man by Sarah Winman. There has been so much chatter about this on Twitter – I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. It sounds beautiful, tender and raw. I’ll get my tissues at the ready!

5- Your biggest disappointment?

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And the hippos were boiled in their tanks by William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. For me, this had so much promise, but in truth I found it clunky and static, with little to keep me interested. It took me months to read this, which is crazy as it is pretty short at a mere 214 pages. 

6- Biggest surprise of the year?

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The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown. I won a copy of the book, but am not usually keen on books centred around witches, folklore, magic etc. so didn’t know what to expect. I was so, so glad I gave this one a chance as it is one of the best books I’ve read this year!

7- Favourite new to you or debut author?

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Naomi Alderman – as part of my Bailey’s Prize read-along challenge I read The Power. It absolutely blew my mind; her writing was fantastic and stylistically very different to what I normally read. I’ll definitely check-out Alderman’s other work.

8- New favourite character

I absolutely loved Lady Dona St. Columb in Du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek. She was fun, mischievous and full of wild abandon. I really, really enjoyed her sense of adventure and naughtiness.

9- A book that made you cry?

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The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain. She manages to pen humanity and pain on the pages so exquisitely – so much so that her writing flawed me, with the last paragraph making me cry happy tears. I loved this book!

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Also, I have to give a shout-out to Ethel and Ernest – the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs. Corr, that hit me hard.

10- A book that made you happy?

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The Wrong Knickers by Bryony Gordon made me howl with laughter – I raced through it one afternoon, chuckling along to myself on the sofa.

11- Your favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year?

I think the only book to movie adaptation I’ve seen this year has been My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne Du Maurier. Although, shocker, I haven’t actually read the book. It was every bit as dark and suspenseful as I’d hoped it would be.

12- Favourite blog post that you’ve published this year?

I’m not sure if it’s my favourite, but I really enjoyed reading all the shortlisted books on the Bailey’s Prize and writing mini reviews – my posts can be found here.

13- The most beautiful book you’ve bought or received this year? 

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The cover of Janet Ellis’ The Butcher’s Hook is stunning – it’s an aqua colour with an embossed gold title and hand-drawn illustrations.

14- What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Where do I start? There are so many books on my to-read list. One thing I did promise myself was to read The Northern Lights trilogy, by Philip Pullman, as I never actually read them when I was younger and I’d love to be up-to-speed before The Book of Dust comes out.

I tag anyone who hasn’t yet done this post! I’d love to hear your favourite books of the year so far!

Holiday Reads – Corfu 2017

At the start of June I headed off for a week’s break in Corfu – as usual, I had visions of grandeur, thinking I’d read a book a day, if not more! Alas, I only read three books during the whole week! After all, it was because I was having too much fun playing card games, completing arrow words puzzles (hello guilty pleasure!) and drinking gin fizzes in the sun.

I’m in a very fortunate position where I frequently get sent books for review, however I decided that my holiday reading would be ones that I had picked out myself and had a thirst to read – I made sure they all had no review, timeline or expectation attached. It was oddly refreshing! Given the location we were in, I probably should’ve packed The Durrells of Corfu as one of my books. I’ll be doing mini reviews of these three books in my monthly wrap up at the beginning of July, so without further a do…on holiday I read…

Miss you by Kate Eberlen (Pan MacMillan) – 4/5

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A Richard and Judy Book Club pick, a Radio 2 Book Club Choice – and the most unconventional love story you’ll read this year Tess and Gus are meant to be. They just haven’t met properly yet. And perhaps they never will …Today is the first day of the rest of your life is the motto on a plate in the kitchen at home, and Tess can’t get it out of her head, even though she’s in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before university. Gus and his parents are also on holiday in Florence – and, for one day, the paths of these two eighteen-year-olds will criss-cross before they each return to England. Over the course of the next sixteen years, life and love will offer them very different challenges. Separated by distance and chance, there’s no way the two of them are ever going to meet each other properly …or is there?

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (Penguin Books) – 5/5

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Perfect family, perfect house, perfect life; Jane, Madeline and Celeste have it all …or do they? They are about to find out just how easy it is for one little lie to spiral out of control. From the author of Truly Madly Guilty and The Husband’s Secret comes a novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive. Jane hasn’t lived anywhere for longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. She keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic coastal town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane feels as if she finally belongs. She finds friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste, two women with seemingly perfect lives – and their own secrets. But at the start of a new term, an incident involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground, causing a rift between them and other parents. Minor at first but escalating fast, until the whispers and rumours become vicious and spiteful, and the truths blur into lies. It was always going to end in tears, but no one thought it would end in murder …

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (Doubleday) – 4/5

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The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller and global phenomenon. In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool…With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, satisfying read that hinges on the stories we tell about our pasts and their power to destroy the lives we live now.

As a bonus for reading this far, here are some photos of our break away…

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What books will you be reading this Summer?