The nights are drawing in, the leaves are turning. It’s an altogether darker and more magical time of year. Before long we’ll have frosts, and puffy clouds of breath. It’s the time of year when the urge to hibernate surfaces: so make yourself a hot chocolate (with marshmallows!), curl up within touching distance of a radiator, and settle down with a good book. (This post contains affiliated links.)
But which good book? Here’s a list of recent instant classics (fiction) you might have missed, specially curated for parents with high hopes of getting some time to themselves while the kids are out at Christmas play rehearsals… or something like that. Top tip: read to the bottom for details of an epic special offer!
8 books you should read in 2018
The Man Booker Prize has contributed to the careers of writers including Margaret Atwood, Hilary Mantel and Kazuo Ishiguro, and now it’s brought Northern Irish writer Anna Burns bursting into the mainstream. Set in an unnamed city during the Troubles, you’ll need to be able to cope with a main character named “middle sister” in this literary, experimental novel with few paragraph breaks. Not a light read, but the winner of a weighty prize. Buy it now (Amazon).
A West African-inspired fantasy novel set in a world of magic and danger. Zélie has the chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, she must outwit the crown prince, who is determined to eradicate magic for good. We know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but this one receives top marks! Read now (Amazon).
It was a blockbuster of 2017, winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. A world where women have developed the almost magical ability to inflict pain or death with an electrical energy? Sounds right up our street. Not a recent novel, but rumours have been swirling of a TV adaptation, so best to read it now if you want to be ahead of the game. Get it now (Amazon).
An instant book club classic, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is another 2017 title tabled for a film release at some point. A can’t-put-down modern classic. Eleanor Oliphant is happy, nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life… except, sometimes, everything. There’s more to life than wearing the same clothes to work each day, eating the same lunch, and drinking two bottles of vodka every weekend… Make it yours now (Amazon).
Like Children of Blood and Bone, this is another 2018 debut novel. What a year! Set in modern-day India, Girls Burn Brighter tracks the story of Poornima and Savitha and their journey across continents to find one another again after they meet as teenagers. Told from the point of view of both girls, this is a story of a hope that burns within. Get it now (Amazon).
Another classic from a while back, but if you haven’t read it already you’re missing out. The Muse was 2018’s summer Cityread London book – read by participants in the Citryread scheme all across the capital. Spanning from the 1930s to the present day, and crossing the world from Spain to London by way of Trinidad, the book unravels the intriguing truths of a painting from 1936. Purchase it now (Amazon).
Published in 2018, this timely novel looks at the relationship between 19-year-old Paul and 48-year-old Susan. They start off as tennis partners and become lovers, moving in together and ending Susan’s marriage. Initially Paul is proud of this relationship, but as he grows older the demands of love become far greater than he imagined. Read it now (Amazon).
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