'Talking Heads' was originally written by Alan Bennett for BBC Television in the 1980s and 1990s. Whilst it has been revamped in lockdown for TV viewers featuring two new scripts, The Reading Den is delighted to find an excuse to revisit this much-loved collection of monologues. Watching them first is the best way to appreciate this collection.
Immerse yourself in this remarkable and lyrical story about a young girl growing up alone in the wild beauty of the North Carolina marshlands. Written by Delia Owens, 'When The Crawdads Sing' is a superb debut novel from this wildlife scientist who is clearly at one with her gripping story.
My Dark Vanessa is a powerful, unnerving yet compelling novel about a dangerous relationship which will promote important discussion about women and abuse - a valuable read for any book club.

Not just bright but sparkling for July!

As we have learnt to be ever more creative the BBC has filmed Alan Bennett's Talking Heads during lock down. This reminds us how much we love this great writer's work and his appreciation of the individual. As the Den's Book of the Moment we have chosen to revisit these much loved monologues. 


If you are looking for lyrical beauty and a story of substance then we highly recommend Where the Crawdads Sing a popular and powerful debut novel circulating in book clubs as a 9/10 read. And even 10/10 for some. Finally in the mix is our black diamond read My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell a book that explores a dangerous and manipulative relationship - hence our Wild Card choice in the Den.  


Sharing July Jewels 

Share our Missed Opportunity by joining RD"s Instagram to be in with a chance to enjoy our top scoring read Where the Crawdads Sing and take part in our LIKE IT, SHARE IT AND TAG IT campaign. We have 5 copies to share so hurry to be first in the pile, to be part of the giveaway on Saturday 4th July!


Love Anne & Jenny

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