September 28, 2017

What an incredible year it has been for brilliant publishing. In homage, we thought we would share some of the highlights of our poolside reading (new and old)…

‘I really enjoyed the twists and turns of Erin Kelly’s HE SAID SHE SAID, which kept me gripped into the wee small hours; I absolutely loved Margaret Atwood’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE, which I’m ashamed to say I hadn’t read before (Crime! Shame!) and another backlist novel, Celia Fremlin’s THE HOURS BEFORE DAWN, which has the best description of the exhaustion of early motherhood I’ve ever read. Finally, I was totally transported to the streets and watersides of colonial New York by Francis Spufford’s tour de force of a debut, ON GOLDEN HILLImogen Taylor

‘My holiday read was Elizabeth Strout’s most recent book, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. I gulped it down in one greedy sitting. It is a collection of interwoven short stories, and yet within sentences of each one opening Strout has you deeply caring about this new character, this new setting. It’s a unique and awesome gift’ Amy Perkins

‘I loved Sebastian Barry’s DAYS WITHOUT END. I confess I wouldn’t naturally be drawn to a novel about the American Civil War, but after hearing nothing but praise for it I dived in anyway, and am so pleased I did. It’s a relentlessly brutal story, and were it only that I’m not sure I could have stomached it, but peeking through the violence are moments of such exquisite tenderness that I found I was pulled right in, and kept tight in its grasp till the last page’ Leah Woodburn

GODSGRAVE by Jay Kristoff – the follow up to the bestselling NEVERNIGHT, the books follow Mia Corvere, badass teen assassin, on her quest to exact revenge for her murdered father and extract answers about her strange gift (or curse, depending how you look at it). Think a darker, swearier Terry Pratchett; fantasy at its best’ Katie Brown

‘I read THE HANDMAID’S TALE in a bookclub 10 years ago. And was recently fascinated by the TV series, how brilliantly it was adapted and, with the author involved, how new storylines were created. Reading it again a decade later, it’s just as incredible. So clever, so poignant, so real. It should be mandatory reading for all. I’m sure I’ll read it again one day, and it won’t have lost its profound impact’ Yeti Lambregts



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