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.

As summer departs September always feels like a fresh start and chance to recap and catch up, so welcome back! 

The Reading Den has been busy reading over the summer and has picked 3 contrasting and enticing Bright Ideas for you and your book club. For paperback fans, our Book of the Moment is The Testaments, a much loved and deservedly hyped novel of 2019 by Margaret Atwood which is out in this format from 1st September - hooray! For those who missed out on their Spanish break we discovered Berta Isla by Javier Marías, a beautifully observed story of love which starts and is rooted in Spain. Our Wild Card choice is Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami, a collection of imaginative short stories by this well regarded Japanese writer. We may have missed the Olympics but this is a great slice of Japanese life. 

Send your great reads of the summer with us at info@thereadingden.co.uk.

Love Anne & Jenny

For the best book club experience, The Reading Den offers three hand-picked choices each month, our top Den reads (Den's Dozen), our favourite authors and a platform to share your reading ideas with us.  

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