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This week we're reading...

A GCSE play, a 1920s real-world fairytale and Mark Lukach's memoir of his wife's breakdown

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A GCSE play, a 1920s real-world fairytale and Mark Lukach's memoir of his wife's breakdown

  • Hannah Varrall is reading… The Clocks In This House All Tell Different Times, by Xan Brooks

    This is a sort of dark fairytale, but set in the real world in 1920's Britain, and it's partly based on a true story. The story follows an orphan called Lucy whose grandparents send her to the woods to visit 'the funny men', a group of disfigured ex-soldiers who are legally dead. It's a captivating balance of tragedy, humour, and horror, and I really can't think of anything I've read that's similar. • BUY The Clocks In This House All Tell Different Times on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

  • Lucy Dunn is reading… An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley

    I am on GSCE lockdown at the moment. OK not me technically, my son, but it might as well be me too. He's got his English Lit coming up next week so I am re-reading JB Priestly's Inspector Calls with him (or trying to). It's actually quite a good read as the story is quite timeless: a family is visited by a man calling himself Inspector Goole, who questions the family about the suicide of a young working-class woman. Obviously I now know all about its sub-plots and themes too. You can test me if you want. • BUY An Inspector Calls on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

  • Caroline O’Donoghue is reading… How To Save Your Own Life by Erica Jong

    I've never read Erica Jong before this week, and I can tell you now that not doing so was the single biggest reading blunder of my life. Sexy, funny, poetic, ghoulish, groundbreaking, infuriating, unkind, generous, passionate: Erica Jong is the writer I should have spent my life reading. I'm beyond thrilled to have her in my shelves now. • BUY How To Save Your Own Life on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

  • Sali Hughes is reading… He Said / She Said by Erin Kelly

    I love practically everything Erin Kelly writes. She's a gripping storyteller who wears her skill lightly, making for extremely digestible reads. In this book, about a bohemian couple mysteriously on the run, she comes of age. The prose is mature and emotionally intelligent, the characters and their relationship dynamic, relatable and true. I've no doubt she's well on her way to being a hugely successful novelist, and it'll be entirely deserved. • BUY He Said / She Said on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

  • Emily Baker is reading… My Lovely Wife by Mark Lukach

    After reading Cathy Rentzenbrink’s interview with Mark and Guilia Lukach, I was emotionally hooked on their story of love and hope. My Lovely Wife tells of Guilia’s mental break in painful but exquisite detail, and how her husband of just a few years had to learn to cope. Eventually they had a son, Jonas, and what should have been a happy time in the relationship turned into devastation as Guilia suffered a second, and third breakdown. Mark’s human response and determination makes this a heart-twisting read, that at times can hit very close to home. • BUY My Lovely Wife on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

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