3 SUMMER INSPIRATIONS
BOOK OF THE MOMENTShortlisted 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.
MISSED OPPORTUNITYDiane 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.
This month, The Reading Den is taking a break from its traditional 3 Bright Ideas and bringing you 3 inspirational summer tonics. You can never go wrong with a classic and the Den has decided to revisit Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, always a firm favourite, especially as there is a new film version expected to be released later this year starring Lily James, Armie Hammer and Kristin Scott Thomas. Or head to the Deep South with My Sunshine Away, a debut coming of age novel by M. O. Walsh which submerges you into the sweltering heat of the Baton Rouge and this wonderfully tight-knit community. Our third choice has just made the Booker longlist, Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid - a funny, poignant debut novel about parenting, race and class. Reid’s writing has a fresh and insightful quality which exposes these issues with humour and truthfulness.
And we will back in September with our usual 3 Bright Ideas.
Love Anne & Jenny
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