Shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, 'Shuggie Bain' is a brutally honest and brilliantly observed story about a working-class family living in 1980’s Glasgow, set against a backdrop of high unemployment and poverty as the impact of Thatcher’s privatisation of industry takes effect – an amazing read.
Diane Setterfield masterfully takes you on a magical historical journey submerging you in the River Thames as it winds its way through Oxfordshire. The Den were riveted with this spell-binding read, tangible characters and lyrical, layered storytelling.
A short compilation of six essays by the celebrated author Zadie Smith, 'Intimations: Six Essays' provides a thought provoking and personal perspective on the early days of the pandemic. Skinny by nature but a wonderful +1 read for all. Unlocking discussion and connecting us.

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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