Oct 20, 2021

Five Books You Should be Reading Now!


Whilst last month marked the end of summer the literary world burst into life as publishers dished out a number of high profile releases and they didn’t disappoint. From Sarah Waters’ The Paying Guests to David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks there’s been a wide range of high quality releases that promise to keep you gripped for hours on end!

Settling down in front of the fire with a nice cup of tea and an enthralling book in hand is the perfect way to spend an evening, especially now the nights are drawing in and winter is just around the corner. And to help make your choice easier here are five books that you should be reading now!

The Paying GuestsThe Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Capturing the rhythms and nuances of London in the 1920s, Sarah Waters effectively portrays the struggles of widow Mrs. Wray and her daughter, Frances, as they are forced to host lodgers in their home to help afford domestic upkeep following World War I. But it soon becomes apparent that Frances gets more than she bargained for as the plot transforms into a seductive thriller as love affairs, murders and moral dilemmas unfold!


Stone Mattress

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood

The prolific North American writer Margaret Atwood is at it again with this collection of short, witty tales! Despite it being almost 8 years since her last collection of short stories, Atwood has come up trumps with Stone Mattress. Nine turbulent tales consisting of complex, intriguing characters and dark, gripping plots are wielded together making for an exciting read!

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks

Following the success of Cloud Atlas, Mitchell is back with another classic. The Bone Clocks is packed with beautifully constructed characters whose lives are linked in the most unexpected ways. Holly Sykes, a teenage runaway, has an uncanny ability to attract psychic phenomena. Following a number of arguments with her controversial parents she flees across the English countryside and starts seeing visions and other unexplainable physic activity that will haunt her for the rest of her life. This genre-tripping story will grip your imagination!

The Secret Place by Tana French

The Secret Place

If you’re a thrill seeker than be sure to give The Secret Place a read. The fourth installment of French’s Dublin Murder Squad series is bursting with twists and chills cleverly wielded into a well-crafted mystery that highlights the vicious underworld of teenage girls. Centred around a Dublin Policeman, Stephen Moran is tasked with solving the murder of handsome teen Chris Harper who is found dead on the lawn of St. Kilda’s all-girls academy. With no clues to go on Moran comes across two rival female gangs whose inter-turmoils seem tied to the young boy and his gruesome end!

Station ElevenStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

This prismatic tale about survival, coincidences and the significance of art tells the story of life before and after a devastating disease wipes out the majority of civilization. Mandel describes the adventures of various characters including a band of artists, musicians, playwrights and actors as they travel the world’s dreary landscape attempting to keep art and culture alive. The story is strange, thrilling and grim all at once, a fantastic read!


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