Books Editor Claire Gill has some suggestions:
I wept my way through the utterly brilliant Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell. The fictional story of Shakespeare's wife and life is heartbreaking whilst being one of the best things I have read in ages.
Pale Rider by Laura Spinney is a side step from a book that I would normally pick up her writing is so fluent and easy to read this history of germs and disease is gripping and unputdownable. Brilliant and timely.
Jo has been juggling home schooling and new puppy training but the one book she has really enjoyed is Bad Blood: Secrets & Lies of a Silicon Valley StartupJulia has just finished The Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara. Totally wonderful cover and beautiful depiction of India in all its conflicting brilliance. Opens our eyes at the end to a situation that is very much in need of a lot more light shed on it.
And an insta thank you - to Bella Mackie for alerting us to Kate Clanchy’s inspiring collection of lockdown poems written by pupils at Oxford Spires Academy. Hats off to Pan Macmillan for supporting the project too.
I didn’t know I’d miss waiting
at traffic lights, waiting for a burst
of colour, a static of sound.
I didn’t know I’d miss noise,
crowds, the breath of rain
as it hits parched tarmac, being
near enough to hear people’s
breath. I didn’t realise I was only
exactly alone when I was
walking home from school, or
to the shops. I didn’t
realise it was the in-
Claire Gill, 10 June 2020