#THEPOOLREADS This week we're reading... 1 min #THEPOOLREADS This week we're reading... 1 min Sue Townsend's intriguing comic novel. All Grown Up, a single-woman-about-town fiction and Heather, The Totality, Matthew Weiner's fiction-writing debut Added on 10.11.17 Posted on 10.11.17 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Email LinkedIn Sue Townsend's intriguing comic novel. All Grown Up, a single-woman-about-town fiction and Heather, The Totality, Matthew Weiner's fiction-writing debut Posted on 10.11.17 Sam Baker is reading… Heather, The Totality by Matthew Weiner The debut novel from the Emmy-award-winning creator of Mad Men and The Sopranos, I have to admit my expectations of this were sky high. It’s the story of two young people growing up in tandem in very different worlds - Heather is born into a family of power and privilege, Bobby is very much not - and what happens when they enter each other’s orbits. (Although, TBAH, it's the story of Heather; Bobby, sinister as he is, is a little on the incidental side.) On the way, Weiner chips away at the toxic facade of luxury and respectability that's the hallmark of 21st century success. It’s a short, sharp journey, but, Carver-like, it will leave you gasping. • BUY Heather, The Totality on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Alexandra Heminsley is reading… The Lying Game by Ruth Ware Ruth Ware is not just a great suspense writer but one with an unremittingly keen eye for the intricacies of female friendships and the ghastly things otherwise sane women can do to each other. Her third thriller sees four school friends reunited under mysterious circumstances - and their teenage competitive lying game comes back to haunt them". • BUY The Lying Game on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Frankie Graddon is reading… All Grown Up by Jamie Attenberg This tells the story of Andrea, a single, late 30-something New Yorker, struggling through love, struggling through work, struggling through relationships – basically just struggling. A should-have-been artist (but now with a crappy job in advertising) Andrea messily navigates grown-up life, whilst revealing a dysfunctional, and at times heartbreaking, past. Clever, sad, funny and honest. • BUY All Grown Up on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Daisy Buchanan is reading… The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year by Sue Townsend As November gets going I find myself drawn to this book. Townsend is such a deft, stylish comedian and tragedian, and this book is funny and heartbreaking in turns, portraying the breakdown of the marriage of Eva and Brian. Eva’s decision to protest about life and the general state of affairs by taking to bed for a seriously extended period - is something that every woman I know can empathise with, and even envy to a degree. • BUY The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Rachael Sigee is reading… Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien I have just finished Madeleine Thien's epic Bailey's Prize shortlisted story of resistance and relationships set against more than 60 years of Chinese history. As the Cultural Revolution dismantles the fabric of their lives, each character's individual struggle to cling onto their sense of self is as vividly drawn as the enormity of larger political struggles. Numerous friends had adored and wept through it and I did the same. • BUY Do Not Say We Have Nothing on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.