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An edgy mermaid, an alternative Jewish history and a retelling of Lizzie Borden's murder trial

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An edgy mermaid, an alternative Jewish history and a retelling of Lizzie Borden's murder trial

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  • Lucy Dunn is reading… See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

    I do love a whodunnit, and the famous case of wealthy american Lizzie Borden, tried and acquitted for the axe murders of her father and stepmother in 1892, has long been the subject of countless books. Was Lizzie an innocent victim or notorious murderer? We shall never know. Despite this being a story where you already know the plot line, just a few pages into Sarah Schmidt’s new version and I’m already hooked. Tense, grizzly and murderously cheerful, Schmidt cleverly leaves out a lot of the detail and lets your imagination do the work. Not for the faint of stomach. • BUY See What I Have Done on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

  • Anna James is reading… ​Aurabel by Laura Dockrill 

    Laura Dockrill's criminally underrated YA books are about mermaids; but mermaids as you've never seen them before. Aurabel is the follow-up to 2015's Lorali and they're both lovely, lyrical, beautifully weird books about a matriarchal community where mermaids are the salvaged bodies of women wronged by society. There's so much magic and fun and brilliant world building layered with sharp commentary about women's bodies and growing up - all written in Dockrill's gorgeous style which is fiercely contemporary and poetic all at the same time. • BUY Aurabel on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

  • Hannah Banks-Walker is reading… The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon

    I remember Nora Ephron describing Michael Chabon as a writer who is able “to do something that has such a high degree of difficulty with such apparent ease”, and that’s exactly true of The Yiddish Policeman’s Union. In it, Chabon imagines an alternative history for the Jewish community following WWII. It’s in this context that Meyer Landsman, a downbeat, alcoholic detective is investigating a murder, which leads to a much greater discovery. I honestly found it so dazzling; Chabon’s use of language is ingenious and the plot unravels in the most astonishing way. It’s one of those books that totally immerses you, almost swallowing you up until you’ve finished it and you have to return reluctantly to reality. • BUY The Yiddish Policeman’s Union on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

  • Elle Turner is reading… The Optimist by Sophie Kipner

    Imagine Bridget Jones. On a sugar high. Constantly. That about accurately sums up Tabitha Gray – unlucky in love but irrepressibly (almost satirically) optimistic despite her first encounter of unrequited love aged nine for Ernesto the gardener, a rather awkward run-in with 'Al Pacino' in a Russian bath house and an endless series of misadventures. If you're looking for a romping romcom with which to escape the knocks of everyday life, this one's your guy. • BUY The Optimist on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

  • Sam Cocker is reading… The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances 

    The Girlfriend is a tense and dramatic story of a young woman who is so desperate to 'marry well' (she's from a council estate in Croydon and wants to be with a rich and well-educated man) that she will go to extreme lengths to ensnare Mr Right. She works as an estate agent in Kensington in an attempt to meet a man with money and that's where she encounters Daniel... What Cherry doesn't realise is that Daniel's mother is bordering on obsessive and will do anything for her son and her gut instinct means she doesn't trust Cherry's intentions. Both women are driven to behave in possessive and obsessive ways in order to keep 'their man'. You can see how quickly a situation can spiral out of control - one little lie becomes something so much more. • BUY The Girlfriend on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

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