#THEPOOLREADS This week we’re reading... 1 min #THEPOOLREADS This week we’re reading... 1 min A charming love story, The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark and Sarah Haywood's The Cactus Added on 16.02.18 By Kuba Shand-Baptiste on 16.02.18 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Email LinkedIn A charming love story, The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark and Sarah Haywood's The Cactus By Kuba Shand-Baptiste on 16.02.18 Lynn Enright is listening to… West Cork (audible) West Cork (the name of the podcast and the name of the place where the action takes place) has just dropped on Audible and I listened to it greedily over two days. I already knew the basics of the story of the murder of Sophie Toscan Du Plantier because it’s a very well-known case in Ireland but even at that, I was left staggered by the twists and turns of this true-crime podcast. It is so smart, so compelling, so sad and just so good. The question of who Sophie was doesn’t get overlooked and the presenters-cum-investigators – a real-life couple called Jennifer Forde and Sam Bungey – are always insightful. • BUY West Cork on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Caroline O’Donoghue is reading… The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark As part of my "Caroline discovers mid-century female writers who everyone else has been reading for donkey's years" series, I am FINALLY reading Muriel Spark. This is (I think?) Spark's most famous work and is simply, one of the funniest books i have ever read. I've been reading every word with a pencil underneath, terrified I'm going to miss a joke. It tells the tale of a group of Edinburgh schoolgirls in the 1930s, all shaped under the eccentric tutelage of Miss Jean Brodie. As far as "eccentric tutor" stories go, it's miles better than Dead Poet's Society, and a thousand times more true to life. • BUY The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Daisy Buchanan is reading… This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell At the moment, I’m craving comfort, and inhaling Jill Mansell’s latest, This Could Change Everything - it’s a charming love story with a winning, tender inter generational love story at its heart. Zillah, the heroine, an incredibly stylish octogenarian stands out because her story has so much light and shade - I love Mansell because she’s so knowing, yet she resolutely believes in happy endings. • BUY This Could Change on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Lily Peschardt is reading… The Cactus by Sarah Haywood This book is being marketed as The Rosie Project of 2018 – and it's easy to see why. The story revolves around Susan, a single woman in her 40s who has every element of her life completely under control – she owns her one bedroom flat, she has a job she excels at and a very business-like romantic relationship. But when her mother dies and she finds out she might become a mother herself, her perfectly orchestrated life starts to crumble. This book is charming and easy to read, the perfect tonic to this absurdly grey February. • BUY The Cactus on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Sam Cocker is reading… The Break by Marian Keyes Having never read Marian Keyes I decided to read The Break after falling in love with Marian in her How I do My Make-Up video for The Pool. This is a modern love story where the main character Amy is really relatable. I found myself totally drawn into the emotional journey she goes on when her husband Hugh announces he needs a break from their marriage and all family responsibilities for 6 months to go travelling. The rollercoaster of emotions that run through Amy and in turn impact her friendships and relationships with colleagues and family members is heartbreaking. But then she finds a distraction which she juggles alongside all her other duties... until Hugh returns and they have to work out how they can move on. • BUY The Break on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.