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This week we're reading

#THEPOOLREADS

This week we're reading

Richard E Grant's movie diaries, a realistic and joyful romcom and a tale of three friends – two of whom are suspected of murdering the other

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Richard E Grant's movie diaries, a realistic and joyful romcom and a tale of three friends – two of whom are suspected of murdering the other

  • Cate Sevilla is reading… The Proposal by Jasmine GuilloRy

    I'm currently reading The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory and it's a total fucking joy. Jasmine's previous novel, The Wedding Date, has a cult following, and The Proposal does not disappoint. The characters in these books are diverse, well-rounded, realistic and funny (plus they're always eating, which I love). I won't give away too much of the plot (TBH the hint is in the title), but they're both perfect if you just want something fun to read that will give you those romcom butterflies. It's very rare that I want to describe something as "smart and sexy", but these books are just that – essentially the literary equivalent of Set It Up on Netflix... but with more sex.

    • BUY The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop

  • Caroline O’Donoghue is reading… With Nails by Richard E Grant

    I'm on a massive Richard E Grant kick at the moment (I could write a thesis on his web series with Arabella Weir, Posh Nosh) so I'm loving his film diaries With Nails. It's such a brilliant, funny and surprisingly heartbreaking read, and perfect for "dippy" Christmas reading.

    • BUY With Nails by Richard E Grant on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop

  • Elaine Robb is reading… UNSHELTERED by Barbara Kingsolver

    The premise of this book is right up my street: a dual narrative about the modern-day inhabitants of a house in Vineland, New Jersey, and the people who lived there 150 years ago – so, a fascinating mix of the Trump era and Darwin’s discoveries. Chapters alternate between the two periods and are equally detailed in terms of characters and setting. This is carefully crafted prose, every sentence a full meal, which on the one hand makes for rewarding reading, but on the other can feel a bit too much like hard work. I almost needed a pen and pad to keep track of who’s who, or wanted to read each era separately. I’m not quite sure whether the time-shifting and full cast of characters was too much for my tired, pre-Christmas brain or whether it’s actually just too much, full-stop – you have been warned.

    • BUY Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop

  • Lily Peschardt is reading… Broken things by Lauren Oliver

    This is a weird book. But it’s weird in the best possible way. The novel centres around three best friends, one of whom is brutally murdered.  Everyone suspects the other two friends, and five years later they’re fighting to clear their names and find out what really happened to their friend. It’s a book about murder, sure, but really it’s a book about those intense female friendships that you form in school as teenagers, where you’re young and reckless and half in love with each other.

    • BUY Broken Things by Lauren Oliver on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop

  • Daisy Buchanan is reading… The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous by Jilly Cooper

    For maybe the 15th or 20th time, I am reading The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous – the first Jilly Cooper book I read, and one of the biggest loves of my literary life. This is an adorable book in the purest sense – the characters are so loveable that they make your heart swell, or they’re deliciously and compellingly hateable. There are some divinely 1990s descriptions of wealth and gloriously venomous observations of the appalling taste of billionaires. It is filled with makeovers and transformations, my guiltiest fictional pleasure – women becoming omnipotent, all because of the power of a really good haircut. And I think this is Jilly’s filthiest novel, too. It’s giddy-making, intoxicating and she writes pets like no-one else. Come for the bonking, stay for the dogs.

    • BUY The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous by Jilly Cooper on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop

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