#THEPOOLREADS This week we’re reading... 1 min #THEPOOLREADS This week we’re reading... 1 min The Talented Mr Ripley, a modern ghost story and Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge Added on 13.10.17 Posted on 13.10.17 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Email LinkedIn The Talented Mr Ripley, a modern ghost story and Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge Posted on 13.10.17 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.