This week we're reading...


This week we're reading...

Witty poetry from Hollie McNish, an early Nora Ephron novel and a perfect beach read 

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Witty poetry from Hollie McNish, an early Nora Ephron novel and a perfect beach read 

  • Viv Groskop is reading… Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy 

    This was a suggestion from the novelist Ann Patchett and I take such her recommendations very seriously indeed. Two women take their husbands and children on a cruise. The two families meet over dinner and hit it off. When they go ashore in Central America, things go horribly wrong. “One minute the children are there. The next they’re gone.” This is a pacy literary thriller which keeps you guessing at every turn. Luckily I never wanted to go on a cruise in the first place so this has not put me off. But otherwise: brilliantly terrifying. • BUY Do Not Become Alarmed on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

  • Sam Baker is listening to… Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson

    I don’t know how this passed me by for so long, but some how it did and I couldn’t be happier that my first experience was listening to Winterson herself read it. The story of her early life growing up in Accrington under the stringent rule of the terrifying and terminally disappointed Mrs Winterson (immortalised - or not - in her debut novel Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit) it then leaps 20-odd years to her first meeting with her birth mother. It was the perfect accompaniment on my 12 hour round trip to the Latitude festival on sunday. • BUY Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

  • Anna James is reading… Plum by Hollie McNish

    I've been a big fan of McNish ever since I serendipitously stumbled upon her collection Cherry Pie. And then I read Nobody Told Me, her poetry/memoir about having her first daughter, which remains the only book about motherhood I've really loved. Her new collection with Picador is just as clever, just as funny and just as sharp. It intersperses poems McNish wrote as a child and teenager with her take on the same subjects now and it's by turns witty and heartbreaking, and often both. My favourite poem is "Shoulders" about how sexy her shoulder freckles are. • BUY Plum on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

  • Frankie Graddon is reading… Hot Milk by Deborah Levy 

    I read this in one sitting on holiday – it's completely absorbing. The story is set in a little Spanish village where Sofia and her mother, Rose, are on a last ditch attempt to solve Rose's mysterious leg paralysis. Whilst her mother occupies her days listing ailments to the unconventional but ever patient Dr Gomez, Sofia encounters a cast of characters and situations that attempt to break her away from her aimless life back in London. But will her tether to her mother allow it? A really interesting look at the confusing world of mother/daughter relationships, power plays and rebellion. • BUY Hot Milk on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

  • Lily Peschardt is listening to… Heartburn by Nora Ephron

    I adore anything that Norah Ephron touched and this early novel of hers - a not so subtle nod to her ex-husband Carl Bernstein who left Ephron for one of their mutual friends when she was pregnant with their second child - is no exception. It's classic Ephron: funny and charming and is full of wonderful anecdotes. Oh, and it's narrated by Meryl Streep… • BUY Heartburn on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. 

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