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This week we’re reading...

Call Me By Your Name, a good old Southern gothic treat and Laura Barnett's immersive The Versions Of Us

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Call Me By Your Name, a good old Southern gothic treat and Laura Barnett's immersive The Versions Of Us

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  • Frankie Graddon is reading… Call Me By Your Name by AndrÉ Aciman

    I picked up Call Me By Your Name at the airport after seeing it all over my Instagram feed, and have to say that those Insta posts were justified – this is the most gorgeous book. The story takes place over a long, hot summer in Italy where Elio, the teenage son of an academic, meets Oliver, an American scholar who has come to stay at the family home for the season to work on a manuscript. Over the next few weeks the two men endure a complicated and confused relationship as they deny and, ultimately, embrace their feelings for one another. This is a messy, beautiful, heart-wrenching story of love, intimacy, loss and acceptance. The last chapter will have you in bits.
    • BUY Call Me By Your Name on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Sam Baker is reading… Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto

    Pizzolatto is the brains behind True Detective and this is the novel he wrote before turning his hand to the small screen. It’s back in bookshops now because the movie adaptation is about to be in cinemas, starring Elle Fanning, and it’s a good old Southern gothic treat of a road trip through Texas and Louisiana. Think James Lee Burke meets Midnight In The Garden of Good And Evil with shades of Paris, Texas and you won’t go far wrong. I’m a book snob, though, so read the book first, won’t you?!
    • BUY Galveston on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Lucy Dunn is listening to… How Not To Be A Boy by Robert Webb

    I listened to this on Audible and it made me not just hoot, but also sob buckets, particularly as it's narrated by Robert Webb himself. It's made all the more real as much of the story is a vivid account his teenage days, and having a testosterone-charged, 17-year-old son of my own, I feel I am living and breathing the book. Do I have more of an insight on what my son does behind our backs by listening to this book? Probably not, but I do understand more about the emotions he is going through and it's great to see the world through "boy" eyes.  
    • BUY How Not To Be A Boy on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Emily Baker is reading…The Versions Of Us by Laura Barnett

    The world and her dog have read this book, and I've lost count how many times it's been recommended to me. It tells the story – or rather, three stories – of Jim and Eva, a couple who are happily married in some chapters but estranged lovers in others, as the narrative jumps around between three different lives, each one hooked to a decision the two characters make at the beginning of the book. I so want to love The Versions Of Us, but because I'm a slow reader I often have to go back and remind myself of what is happening in each version. Having said that, the characters are charming, the scope of time is astounding and Barnett has a real knack for immersing her reader in the story. Okay, as you can tell, it's growing on me.
    • BUY The Versions Of Us on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Elaine Robb is reading… Things Bright and Beautiful by Anbara Salam

    What a hot and sticky, feverishly Lord Of The Flies-style debut! It’s 1954 on a remote Pacific island and Bea Hanlon has arrived with her missionary husband to make a home for herself among the mosquitoes and dedicated devil-chasers who inhabit the jungle. The whole novel excels in rich detail – I wouldn’t be surprised if English teachers use it as a masterclass in descriptive prose – and suspense and tension build along with Bea’s own paranoia about the sanity of her husband and those around her. The prologue alone has one of those killer-ending sentences that render you incapable of not reading on – go on, I dare you…
    • BUY Things Bright and Beautiful on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

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