Anya has just read Endell Street by Wendy Moore. The book is about the amazing women who set up the military hospital in WW1. It's completely fascinating and so easy to read. You will want to scream at the sexism they encountered. PLUS the stuff about the Spanish Flu is so relevant to the pandemic today.
We have also been listening on audible to Meryl Streep reading Heartburn by Nora Ephron. We love the book and have read it twice but Streep’s voice is completely brillant and perfect.
Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me by Kate Clanchy is now out in paperback. This brilliant book just won the Orwell Prize and it’s really good. As Adam Kay did for being a doctor in the NHS, Kate Clanchy does for being a teacher in the state system. Humorous and serious, sad and uplifting all at the same time.
Faith has just started Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams and is loving it so far.
and The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett which has been on loads of lists in conjunction with BLM.
Julia is in the middle of Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan - it's utterly perfect for anyone with a 'Normal People' shaped hole in their lives.
British Summer Time Begins by Ysenda Maxtone Graham was given by a friend and looks like a goodie.
Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry was in Emily's summer pile last year but she has only just got round to reading it. Well worth the wait. There is a hypnotic beauty in Sebastian Barry’s story of sex, love and drugs that takes us from County Cork to Algeciras.
Claire found Mill on the Floss by George Elliot in a bookshelf and is adoring it. Takes a bit of getting used to reading classics again but the effort definitely pays off. Maggie Tulliver is one of the most brilliant characters in literature. You are rooting for her.
And she's determined to crack A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth ahead of the BBC adaptation starting this Sunday. This will be the 3rd time in trying with a sticking point around page 350, for no reason other than the remaining 1150 seems to require a lot of stamina, but it's such a brilliant story that if there was ever a holiday to get to grips with it, this is it.