Bookworm

Our reviewer in residence, London based writer, actor Sophie Lee, is our single source of enthusiasm for all things literary.

 
SHOP SUMMER SWIM 2019

A Little History Of Poetry

by John Carey

During these past weeks of lockdown, some days I’ve found stress relief watching a live owl cam. On other days, I reach for poetry.

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The Book Of Dust (Volume One) La Belle Sauvage

by Philip Pullman

At our present moment in history parties are banned, but within the pages of this fantasy novel I discovered an alternative world of excitement.

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The Discomfort Of Evening

by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

Here is a rare novel I dare you to read in isolation. It is a work of such striking originality and poetic beauty that at times, I had to put it down and take a breath before diving back in.

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Kim Jiyoung Born 1982

by Cho Nam-Joo

Why I waited till lockdown to read this international bestseller I’m not sure, but I’m glad I did.

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The Gilded Cage

by Camilla Lackberg

I’ve always been anti book-snob and this attribute serves me well in the lockdown, set here to continue for another three weeks.

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Redhead by the Side of the Road

by Anne Tyler

If you’re anything like me you’ll have been tapping your timepiece and peering at your letterbox, awaiting the delivery of Anne Tyler’s latest.

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American Dirt

by Jeanine Cummins

With the approach of the Easter non-holiday upon us, take time out of your WFH schedule and swap it for some edge-of-your-seat fiction.

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Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte

Government imposed lockdown may be just the time to read or re-read a classic!

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A Nature Poem For Every Day Of The Year

edited by Jane McMorland Hunter

There’s something especially poignant about the change of seasons during this period of imposed isolation.

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Day of The Triffids

by John Wyndham

Is there any opening sentence of a novel more appropriate for this era than; “When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.”

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Such a Fun Age

by Kiley Reid

Missing the cut and thrust of messily interconnecting lives while you hunker down at home? Then this crackling debut novel is for you.

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Mrs Delany a Life

by Clarissa Campbell Orr

I’m intrigued by this biography of an eighteenth-century woman, Mary Delany, who at age 72 invented a new art form called flower mosaics.

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Educated

by Tara Westover

I treasured this best-selling autobiography of a remarkable woman emerging from imposed family isolation into a brand-new hard-won world of her own making.

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Washington Black

by Esi Edugyan

Has your period of enforced isolation given you a hankering to fly above the world in a hot air balloon? Then take flight with Washington Black.

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