This week we're reading...


This week we're reading...

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  • Sam Baker is listening to… Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud by Anne Helen Petersen

    A wonderful bolshy ode to women who don't know their place and certainly have no plans to stay in it. From Too Shrill (Hillary Clinton) to Too Fat (Melissa McCarthy), Too Strong (Serena Williams), Too Pregnant (Kim Kardashian) and Too Old (Madonna), this is a compulsively readable/listenable collection of essays about the ludicrous pressures we put on celebrity women. • BUY Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

  • Alex Heminsley is reading… Watermarks: Writing by Lido Lovers and Wild Swimmers by Tanya Shadrick

    This week's gem is the recently published Watermarks, which is a collaboration between Frogmore Press and my local lido, the Pells Pool. A collection of prose and poetry by lido lovers and wild swimmers, it's full of little gems and as refreshing as the water itself - as well as being gorgeous looking. • BUY Watermarks: Writing by Lido Lovers and Wild Swimmers on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Amy Jones is reading… Different Class by Joanne Harris

    Joanne Harris is known mainly for her magical, food-focused books such as Chocolat, and although I love them I secretly prefer her dark-hearted thrillers such as Holy Fools, Gentlemen & Players, and now Different Class. It's set in a creaky old boys' grammar school and switches both between 1981 and 2005 and between the perspectives of Roy Straitley, Latin Master, and a child who caused a horrible scandal when he was at the school but has now returned as the Headmaster. Harris writes beautifully, yes, but also knows how to tell a good story, and the tension here builds brilliantly as you know something terrible is going to happen but you're never sure quite what it's going to be. • BUY Different Class on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Caroline O’Donoghue is reading… When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy 

    This is a domestic abuse narrative unlike any other. Meena, who looks upon her life as a young abused wife of a Communist scholar as a story that has been wrestled away from her: by her mother, her family, and a society that constantly frames her battle as a silent one. It's an inventive, engrossing, witty, and occasionally even funny story, from a writer with extraordinary talent and unmistakable voice. • BUY When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Jo Morrell is reading… The Talent Lab by Owen Slot

    The Talent Lab is a fascinating examination of Team GB's recent success stories, and how a completely new and laser-focussed approach delivered an unprecedented gold tally for the team - unimaginable to those of us who grew up in the one-silver-if-we're-lucky 80’s. It talks about the value of team work for sustainable rather than one-off success with not just coaches and nutritionists, but psychologists, analysts, innovators and strategists all playing a part. Thought-provoking and a bit goosebumpy at the same time. • BUY The Talent Lab on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

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