BOOKS TO GET STUCK IN TO
If you find yourself in need of a bit of an escape in these uncertain times, getting stuck into a good book is a great way to take some time for yourself away from the screen. If you’re on the lookout for some new material, here are our top book recommendations for passing the time productively.
Gotta Get Theroux this
If you’re a fan of Louis Theroux’s documentaries and interviews, you’ll love reading his insightful autobiography. In Gotta Get Theroux This, Louis takes us on a journey from his anxiety-prone childhood to his unexpectedly successful career – the challenges he’s faced along the way and the weird and wonderful places he’s ended up. In true Louis Theroux style, he gives us a behind the scenes look at some of his subjects, and allows us to see the wider picture of what was going on in his own life at the time. Filled with wry observation and self-deprecating humour, Louis is at his most insightful and honest best.
Set against the backdrop of Nixon’s resignation, six talented teenagers from varied backgrounds meet at a summer camp for the arts and become inseparable. Decades later, the bond remains powerful but everything has changed. Whilst some characters abandon their dreams in favour of a practical yet mundane reality, others thrive, becoming extremely wealthy and successful, and some see their whole worlds turned upside down because of decisions they've made. The Interestings explores the meaning of talent, the nature of envy, and the roles of class, money and power in friendship and success.
Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together. On the surface the Casey’s seem perfect- a happy, successful family, but we soon discover things are a lot darker than they seem. Some people clash, and others like each other a little too much. Things are kept under wraps until Ed’s wife Cara gets concussion and can no longer keep her thoughts to herself. One careless comment at a family birthday party sets things in motion as Cara begins to let secrets slip one by one, and in the subsequent unravelling the adults find themselves asking whether it’s finally time to grow up?
Everything I Know About Love
If you haven’t read Dolly Alderton’s much-loved memoir yet, now’s the perfect time to get stuck in. Journalist and former Sunday Times columnist Dolly Alderton writes about growing up, growing older and learning to navigate love in all its forms along the way. Dolly weaves together the stories of her past with satirical observations, a series of lists, recipes and other vignettes that are sure to strike a chord with women of every age.
If you loved David Nicholl’s other novels One Day and Us, Sweet Sorrow should be right at the top of your must-read list. Set in 1997, Charlie Lewis is the boy you don’t remember in the school photo – his exams aren’t going well and at home he’s found himself looking after his father when it should be the other way around. When a girl called Fran bursts into his life, he finds himself starting to feel hopeful about things despite himself. Poignant, funny and devastating, Sweet Sorrow has been described as a tragicomedy about first love, the rocky path to adulthood and the confusion of family life.
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