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The new Harry Hole novel, the philosophy of growing up and a Roald Dahl audiobook

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  • Caroline O’Donoghue is reading… The Son by Philipp Meyer

    It's not often I pick up 400-page sprawling epics about Texan families, set over 150 years of history, but I make an exception for Philipp Meyer. This novel follows three characters: Eli, a bright frontier teenager captured by the Comanche Indians in 1849; his son, Peter in 1915; and his granddaughter, Jeanne-Anne, an oil baroness in her own right. It sounds like hard work, but reads like The Corrections, if Jonathan Franzen had a sense of humour. • BUY The Son on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

  • Marisa Bate is listening to… Seriously … A woman in half shadow

    Have you heard of Zora Neale Hurston? No, neither had I. But I had heard of Solange Knowles, who is an unusual calibre of guest for the little known BBC R4 Seriously podcast. Knowles reads from ZNH's novels and essays, as we learn about her life. ZNH was a African American novelist, writing in Florida in 1930s, whose message of self-acceptance and empowerment might well have been forgotten if it wasn't for Alice Walker. Walker found her unmarked grave, bought a headstone and engraved it with "genius of the south”. This 40 minute podcast is an important lesson in not letting lives of important women get lost to the sexist and racist narrative history often favours. • LISTEN to A Woman In Shadow here.

  • Sam Baker is reading… The Thirst by Jo Nesbø

    If there's a place in your life for serial killer crime novels then Jo Nesbø is your Bowie and the words "there's a new Harry Hole thriller out" (and it's all you’d hope for and more) need no further explanation. If I lost you at serial killer, I hope you didn't bother to read any further. • BUY The Thirst on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

  • Emily Baker is reading… Why Grow Up? Subversive Thoughts for and Infantile Age by Susan Neiman

    Susan Neiman's book is philosophy for people who are scared of it (me). It's written in easy to understand language, has bags of personality and covers a subject I'm interested in. According to Neiman society wants us to stay in a perpetual state of infancy as that's when we're most susceptible and malleable, so growing up – something that may seem boring – is a rebellious act. At the age of 23 it's hard to feel like a proper grown-up sometimes, so this book has come at a perfect time in my life. • BUY Why Grow Up? on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

  • Jo Morrell is listening to… Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

    Stopping the boys fighting/arguing/asking are we there yet every two mins on long car journeys cannot always be solved with a couple of games of eye spy and a bag of wine gums. Roald Dahl's classic Danny, Champion of the World is one of my favourites, and long after the boys nodded off in the back I was shushing my husband (updating me on traffic/golf scores or similar) so I could listen to every detail. His books are even more captivating on audio with the soothing tones of Simon Callow. This one is 4 CDs long and perfect escapism for the M40 bank holiday tailback. • BUY Danny Champion Of The World on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

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