This compelling read follows three generations of Palestinian women living in Brooklyn struggling to find their own voice within their strict traditional community - sure to kick-start your New Year book club with lively conversations!
'Olive Again' by Elizabeth Strout marks the return of the beloved fictional character and book 'Olive Kitteridge' which was a Pulitzer Prize winning novel as well as a popular HBO mini-series. 'Olive Again', now in paperback, takes the reader back to coastal Maine revisiting the touching human stories of ‘small town life’ in this wonderful collection.
‘A Ghost in the Throat’ is a truly original read by poet and essayist, Doireann Ní Ghríofa. Described as an autofiction this eloquently written debut novel explores two women’s lives as one hunts down the other in a quest to piece together a dark romantic tragedy. If you enjoyed ‘Milkman’ by Anna Burns, this has to be your next Wild Card read.

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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