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Alan Partridge's latest, a history of witchcraft in Salem and Reni Eddo-Lodge on why she's no longer speaking to white people about race

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Alan Partridge's latest, a history of witchcraft in Salem and Reni Eddo-Lodge on why she's no longer speaking to white people about race

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  • Lynn Enright is listening to… Alan Partridge: Nomad

    This is not my usual thing but I just finished the audiobook of Alan Partridge: Nomad and oh my God, it's the funniest thing ever. The usual Alan stuff is there – pettiness; pomposity; misogyny; deep, weird sadness – all bound up in a hilarious BBC-style (he wishes) journey to retrace his father's steps. It's the perfect audiobook to listen to as you're doing boring chores or commuting – easy to follow but brilliantly entertaining. • BUY Alan Partridge: Nomad on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Hannah Kamugisha is reading… Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

    An honest and much needed book. Reni Eddo-Lodge articulates how I feel about my identity as a young, black british woman perfectly. She candidly discusses Black British history and Britain’s complicated relationship with race. This book is helping to start a conversation that is long-overdue. • BUY Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Jo Morrell is reading… To Kill The president by Sam Bourne

    A new regime in the White House is making its own rules, and those who served under the previous president are trying to maintain some order.  The new leader has a fiery temper, a very thin skin, and when crossed comes terrifyingly close to launching a nuclear attack in order to settle a score with North Korea. (Sound familiar so far?!) Those who attempt to stop him are scarred for life, and Maggie Costello, a liberal diplomat from the previous presidency faces a moral dilemma having uncovered a conspiracy to have him bumped off. Thanks to a couple of revolting lead male characters and lots of empathy with young women suffering sexual harassment in their place of work, this is unexpectedly feminist, and couldn’t be more relevant if it tried. Bloody terrifying. • BUY To Kill The President on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Elaine Robb is reading… Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty

    A retired couple, living in Scotland, go on a city break to Amsterdam, where they take stock of their relationship and what remains of their lives. Yes, it's about as upbeat as it sounds. I often fantasise wildly about retirement, envisaging lie-ins, daily yoga and frequent sunny holidays, but this is more creaking joints and the irritating foibles that come with a long-term relationship. It's profoundly moving and sad – not the most uplifting read, especially when one's own parents are of a similar age – but exquisitely written and worth it for that alone. • BUY Midwinter Break on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Kat Lister is reading… The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff

    “What are you saying when you place the very emblem of lowly domestic duty between your legs and ride off, defying the bounds of community and laws of gravity?” Stacy Schiff detonates the witchcraft myth and reels us in with her cinematic retelling of the Salem trials of 1692. Forget everything you think you know. Land disputes, adolescent hysteria, domestic boredom and – of course - rampant misogyny; this book has it all. I'm tempted to send copies to Donald Trump and Woody Allen – they might learn something. • BUY The Witches: Salem 1962 on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

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