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Our reading recommendations for World Book Day

Published: 24/02/2021

In light of World Book Day, we thought it would be a nice idea to share some of our book recommendations. After all, what better way to celebrate than to share our favourite reads with you!

Many of us have some extra time on our hands at the moment and reading can be a great form of escapism and self-care during these tricky times we find ourselves in.

Why not see if one of these appeals to you and give it a go?

The Dig by John Preston

A historic novel based on the 1939 archaeological excavation at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, written by former Arts Editor of the Evening Standard and the Sunday Telegraph, John Preston.

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In the long hot summer of 1939 Britain is preparing for war. But on a riverside farm in Suffolk there is excitement of another kind: Mrs Pretty, the widowed farmer, has had her hunch proved correct that the strange mounds on her land hold buried treasure. As the dig proceeds against a background of mounting national anxiety, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary find...

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

An award-winning, historical novel that has sold over a million copies, written by Amor Towles, author of New York Times best seller, Rules of Civility.

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On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol.

Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval.

Can a life without luxury be the richest of all?

The Prison Doctor by Dr Amanda Brown

A non-fiction memoir by female doctor and Sunday Times bestseller Dr Amanda Brown about her career treating inmates in prisons across the UK.

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Violence. Drugs. Suicide. Welcome to the world of a Prison Doctor.

Dr Amanda Brown has treated inmates in the UK’s most infamous prisons – first in young offenders’ institutions, then at the notorious Wormwood Scrubs and finally at Europe’s largest women-only prison in Europe, Bronzefield.

From miraculous pregnancies to dirty protests, and from violent attacks on prisoners to heartbreaking acts of self-harm, she has witnessed it all.

In this eye-opening, inspirational memoir, Amanda reveals the stories, the patients and the cases that have shaped a career helping those most of us would rather forget.

Despite their crimes, she is still their doctor.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

A Sunday Times #1 Bestseller, this is the eighth novel written by Bernardine Evaristo, following the lives of twelve characters in the UK over the course of several decades.

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This is Britain as you've never read it.

This is Britain as it has never been told.

From Newcastle to Cornwall, from the birth of the twentieth century to the teens of the twenty-first, Girl, Woman, Other follows a cast of twelve characters on their personal journeys through this country and the last hundred years. They're each looking for something - a shared past, an unexpected future, a place to call home, somewhere to fit in, a lover, a missed mother, a lost father, even just a touch of hope…

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
An all-time classic in coming-of-age literature written by J. D. Salinger, published back in 1951 as part of a series of four books.

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It's Christmas time and Holden Caulfield has just been expelled from yet another school. Fleeing the crooks at Pencey Prep, he pinballs around New York City seeking solace in fleeting encounters - shooting the bull with strangers in dive hotels, wandering alone round Central Park, getting beaten up by pimps and cut down by erstwhile girlfriends. The city is beautiful and terrible, in all its neon loneliness and seedy glamour, its mingled sense of possibility and emptiness. Holden passes through it like a ghost, thinking always of his kid sister Phoebe, the only person who really understands him, and his determination to escape the phonies and find a life of true meaning.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

An award-winning, gripping, twisty murder mystery thriller written by number one bestselling author of The Hunting Party, Lucy Foley.

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On an island off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater.

Old friends.
Past grudges.
Happy families.
Hidden jealousies.
Thirteen guests.
One body.

The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped.

All have a secret. All have a motive.

One guest won’t leave this wedding alive…

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Described as a ‘book of hope for uncertain times’, this book contains beautiful artwork by artist Charlie Mackesy with lovely quotes that is said to have captured the hearts of millions of readers.

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Enter the world of Charlie's four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons.

The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared millions of times online - perhaps you've seen them? They've also been recreated by children in schools and hung on hospital walls. They sometimes even appear on lamp posts and on cafe and bookshop windows. Perhaps you saw the boy and mole on the Comic Relief T-shirt, Love Wins?

Here, you will find them together in this book of Charlie's most-loved drawings, adventuring into the Wild and exploring the thoughts and feelings that unite us all.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

A breathtaking worldwide best selling novel written by award winning author Anthony Doerr, well known for his other four books, including The Shell Collector.

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‘Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.’

For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes. The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History. The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Paris. And a future which draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth.

In this magnificent, deeply moving novel, the stories of Marie-Laure and Werner illuminate the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.