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This week we're reading...

An old favourite, Bruce Springsteen's biography and other books we got for Christmas

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By Sam Baker on

An old favourite, Bruce Springsteen's biography and other books we got for Christmas

By Sam Baker on
  • Liz Haycroft is reading... Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen

    I LOVED this. I’ve been a fan of Springsteen as a storyteller for years, but to hear his story in his own words was an absolute delight. I would've paid just for the childhood memories and tales of gigging by the Jersey Shore, but when he delves deep – opening up about his father's struggles with mental illness and, later, his own – it's incredibly moving. Long live The Boss. • BUY Born To Run from amazon, or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Sam Baker is reading... Under The Harrow by Flynn Berry

    You could be forgiven for thinking you can’t move for psychological suspense with an unlikeable, unreliable woman at its heart right now – and you can’t – but Flynn Berry’s Under The Harrow is something a bit different. Evocatively written, it tells the story of Nora and Rachel, two sisters bonded by the death of their mother and their father’s descent into alcoholism. When Rachel is brutally murdered, Nora is convinced it has something to do with a still unsolved assault she experienced in her late teens. But there was a lot more to Rachel than Nora knew – both then and now. • BUY Under The Harrow as an ebook from Amazon, or in paper from your local bookshop in February.

  • Caroline O'Donoghue is reading... Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

    Like a lot of people, I had the wool pulled over my eyes by Sarah Waters. I started off with what I thought was a genteel crime caper about Victorian London; what I got was a passionate, charging, extraordinary book about class, love, birthright and morality. I don't know much about 2017, but I know for certain that I'm going to absolutely eat the rest of her books. • BUY Fingersmith on Amazon, or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Lucy Dunn is reading... This Mum Runs by Jo Pavey

    This book, recounting Olympic runner Jo Pavey's route to gold-medal glory, is not only one of the most inspirational stories I've ever read, but it's also super-relatable because of the ordinariness of her life. Jo was a 40-year-old mum of two who had given birth eight months before when she made her comeback into long-distance running. Training on a treadmill between breastfeeding, she went on to win the 10,000m at the European Championships. It was the first night she had slept away without her new baby. OK, so Jo had been an elite runner all her life and already had years of training under her belt, meaning most of us mere mortals wouldn't ever be able to follow in her footsteps no matter how hard we try, but what this book shows is that, if you set your mind to it, the world – or, in my case, 2017 – really could be your oyster. • BUY This Mum Runs on Amazon, or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Anna James is reading... Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

    Over Christmas, I read Katherine Webber's debut, Wing Jones, about a mixed-race girl in 90s Atlanta who starts running as a way to deal with a massive family trauma and finds herself through it. I loved that it took all the building blocks of great YA, but made something really new and fresh from them. It's got some pretty teary moments but, ultimately, it's a triumphant read about finding your own strength. • BUY Wing Jones on Amazon, or pop into your local bookshop.

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