10 un-putdownable reads you need to know about
For work-life balance
1. How To Have A Good Day by Caroline Webb (Pan Macmillan
No more Monday blues. A remarkable and much-needed book, that delivers on the promise of its cover, using science-based advice to show us all how to have a lifetime of good days at work.
For romance lovers
2. Please Enjoy Your Happiness: A Memoir by Paul Brinkley-Rogers (Pan Macmillan)
A beautifully written coming-of-age memoir based on the English author’s summer-long love affair with a remarkable older Japanese woman. Reaching across time and continents, the memoir shows us how to reclaim a lost love, inviting us all to celebrate those loves of our lives that never end.
For the health conscious
3. The Healthy Life by Jessica Sepel (Pan MacMillan)
Nutritionist and health blogger Jessical Sepel believes great health stats with positive lifestyle changes, such as more sleep, less stress and a better connection with those we love, but mostly it’s about the food we eat. With meal plans, expert advice on nutritional value and over 120 delicious, nurturing recipes, this book will help you finally find the freedom to truly enjoy good food and great health.
For cross-culture understanding
4. The Year Of Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota (Pan Macmillan)
Sweeping between India and England, and between childhood and the present Sunjeev Sahota’s generous, unforgettable novel is a story of dignity in the face of adversity and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.
For super sleuths
5. The House At Baker Street by Michelle Birkby (Pan Macmillan)
When Sherlock Holmes turns down the case of persecuted Laura Shirley, Mrs Hudson, the landlady of Baker Street and Mary Watson (Dr Watson’s wife) resolve to take on the investigation themselves. Putting together the complicated puzzle, the investigation becomes bigger then either of them could imagine. Can they solve the case or are they pawns in a larger game?
For deep thinkers
6. Lover by Anna Raverat (Pan Macmillan)
When Kate discovers emails from her husband to another woman, she takes a long look at her long marriage, and finds all kinds of things she had been doing her best not to see. Told with warmth and lightness, even as it mines the depths of sorrow, Lover is beautifully observed, full of wisdom, poetry and humour, it askes what it means to be true in all things, and in so doing, how to live.
For mystery fans
7. The Ladies Of The House by Molly McGrann (Pan Macmillan)
The death of three elderly people in a dilapidated house in London’s Primrose Hill leaves Marie Gillies with an unshakeable feeling that she is somehow to blame. Darkly atmospheric and imaginative, Molly McGrann’s third novel unwinds a dark secret.
For wannabe gym bunnies
8. Eat. Sweat. Play by Anna Kessel (Pan Macmillan)
Part Manifesto, part how-to, this is a call to arms for women to take back sport for themselves. An engaging and inspiration work by sports writer Anna Kessel that will have you reaching for your trainers.
For giving it all up
9. Not Working by Lisa Owens (Pan Macmillan)
Funny, sharp, tender and brilliantly observed, Not Working is the story of a life unravelling in minute and spectacular ways, and a novel that voice the questions we’ve all been asking ourselves but never dared to say out loud.
For thrill seekers
10. The Trap by Linda Conrad (Pan MacMillan)
Reclusive bestselling novelist Linda Conrad witnessed her sister’s murder years ago. Then years later, she recognises the killer on TV. Linda writes a novel to catch the man she believes killed her sister, but is he the killer? Can we trust Linda’s account? Darkly gripping.