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This week we’re reading...

#THEPOOLREADS

This week we’re reading...

The Talented Mr Ripley, a modern ghost story and Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge

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The Talented Mr Ripley, a modern ghost story and Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge

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  • Frankie Graddon is reading… Paris for one and other stories by Jojo Moyes

    Life getting a bit much? Read this. A charming collection of short stories all with one thing in common – love. Meet Nell who, jilted by her rubbish boyfriend, embarks on whirlwind, solo 24 hours in Paris and returns home with much more than a French stick. Then there's the business woman who (mistakenly) acquires a fancy pair of shoes and, it turns out, her confidence. And what do you do when your husband suggests "Snakes on a Plane" as an aphrodisiac? Funny, heart-warming and pure escapism.
    • BUY Paris For One And Other Stories on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Caroline O’Donoghue is reading… The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

    Yes, I'm still in my Highsmith phase and wow: The Talented Mr Ripley really is as good as everyone says it is. I love the Anthony Minghella movie, but the original novel is darker, tenser and the original literary blueprint for what we consider to be the archetypal 'psychopath'.
    • BUY The Talented Mr Ripley on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Sam Baker is reading… The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray Browne

    I have a massive soft spot for a spooky story. Shirley Jackson, Susan Hill, Wilkie Collins, Henry James… It’s one of my favourite things about autumn. So once I’d finished this week’s bedtime bookclub, The Silent Companions, I moved straight onto this. The Upstairs Room is a decidedly more modern ghost story – all nannies, flexible working and upward mobility. Eleanor and Richard have stretched themselves beyond their limits to buy the fixer-upper of their dreams in East London. Once they’ve moved their children into its mouldering rooms and installed a voyeuristic lodger, maternal dissatisfaction and relationship crises are soon brought to a head by an altogether un-modern presence called Emily.
    • BUY The Upstairs Room on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Lucy Dunn is reading… Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

    This book is a contemporary reworking of an ancient greek tragedy by Sophocles but I didn't know this when I picked it up, before it was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. It's a love story tinged with the sharp sting of terrorism, politics, religion and what it's like to be a British muslim against the backdrop of now. I gobbled this up in one day. It manages to be intelligent, tragic and sad, but also fast-paced and gripping. Probably one of the best books I’ve read in a while.
    • BUY Home Fire on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Lauren Bravo is reading… Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

    I'm very late to this party, but I've just started reading Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge, a novel made up of 13 interlinking short stories. It was passed on to me by my mother, who has pretty much never been wrong about a book, and so far I'm utterly absorbed in Strout's depiction of small-town Maine life (there's something about books set in New England that makes them the most irresistible autumn reading, isn't there?) and the gradually unfolding title character – she's brittle, complicated and compelling. With the HBO adaptation and awards hype I'm not sure how I've managed to avoid spoilers for the past nine years, but I'm very glad I have.
    • BUY Olive Kitteridge on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

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