Readers Recommends - 13 March 2023
Reader's Recommends is our weekly live session, streamed live on Facebook, where we recommend the best, the popular and the latest Reads from all genres and WHY you should read them!
Each week, our Representative Thomas Bulpin, is joined by at least three Representatives from different Publishing Companies, and in this week's edition, Thomas was joined by three amazing reps, Frances Thorndike from Pan Macmillan South Africa, Inge van der Post and Jaco Schreuder from Jonathan Ball Publishers.
Inge van der Post Recommends:
Really Good, Actually By Monica Heisey
Maggie's marriage has ended just 608 days after it started, but she's fine - she's doing really good, actually. Sure, she's alone for the first time in her life, can't afford her rent and her obscure PhD is going nowhere . . . but at the age of twenty-nine, Maggie is determined to embrace her new status as a Surprisingly Young Divorcee (TM).
2. The Only Suspect ( Signed Copy) By Louise Candlish
Alex lives a comfortable life with his wife Beth in the leafy suburb of Silver Vale. Fine, so he's not the most sociable guy on the street, he prefers to keep himself to himself, but he's a good husband and an easy-going neighbour.
3. The Garnett Girls By Georgina Moore
Forbidden, passionate and all-encompassing, Margo and Richard's love affair was the stuff of legend- but, ultimately, doomed.When Richard walked out, Margo locked herself away, leaving her three daughters, Rachel, Imogen and Sasha, to run wild.
Jaco Schreuder's Recommends:
1. A Day Of Fallen Night By Samantha Shannon
Tunuva Melim is a sister of the Priory. For fifty years, she has trained to slay wyrms - but none have appeared since the Nameless One, and the younger generation is starting to question the Priory's purpose.
Nathan Pike is one of those people. To some he's a digital Robin Hood. To others he's nothing but an amoral hacker. A codebreaking and encryption expert, he sells his skills to whoever can pay him what he wants or give him something he needs.
3. Birnam Wood By Eleanor Catton
Five years ago, Mira Bunting founded a guerrilla gardening group: Birnam Wood. An undeclared, unregulated, sometimes-criminal, sometimes-philanthropic gathering of friends, this activist collective plants crops wherever no one will notice, on the sides of roads, in forgotten parks, and neglected backyards.
Frances Thorndike's Recommends:
1. Pre-Order: Single Bald Female By Laura Price
Around her, her friends' lives continue to follow the script, with the big white weddings and the baby scans. With her own future so uncertain, the only thing Jess is sure of is that she's being left behind. But then she meets Annabel, an enigmatic twenty-seven year old with incurable cancer.
2. Pre-Order: Red Queen By Juan Gomez-Jurado
The things she has lost are much more important to her than the things awaiting her outside. She also doesn't receive visitors. That's why she really, really doesn't like it when she hears unknown footsteps coming up the stairs.
Modern relationships are more complex than ever, and our approach to love often comes from a place of lack, rather than an outpouring of a cup that is already filled. Our inherent need to give and receive love is as true today as it was at the dawn of time, but the purest love is built on self-love.
Readers Warehouse Top Five:
1. Someone Else's Shoes By Jojo Moyes
Sam and Nisha should never have crossed paths. But after a bag mix-up at the gym, their lives become intertwined - even as they spiral out of control. Each blames the other as they feel increasingly invisible, forgotten, lost - and desperately alone. But they're not.
2. No One Saw It Coming By Susin Lewis
Secrets lie at the heart of every family...When the unthinkable happens...Hanna's world is crumbling.An unimaginable crime has been committed, and everyone's looking for someone to blame. Her loved ones are under suspicion.Now Hanna must work out who is threatening her family - before it's too late.No one could have seen this coming...
3. Atomic Habits By James Clear
People think that when you want to change your life, you need to think big. But world-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered another way. He knows that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions: doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early, or holding a single short phone call.
4. It Ends With Us By Colleen Hoover
Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
5. Lessons In Chemistry By Bonnie Garmus
But it's the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute take a very unscientific view of equality. Forced to resign, she reluctantly signs on as the host of a cooking show, Supper at Six. But her revolutionary approach to cooking, fuelled by scientific and rational commentary, grabs the attention of a nation.
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