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What to Read Now: Vol CV

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Beautiful Trauma
by Rebecca Fogg

This astonishing memoir begins with a shocking event: the author’s hand partially amputated in a freak accident. It goes on to describe her painstaking recovery, the many professionals who helped her, but more than that, it’s an exploration of the the fragility of the human body and the resilience of the human spirit.
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The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida
by Shehan Karunatilaka

Now in paperback, this was a well-deserved winner of the Booker Prize last year. A magical realist novel – the titular Maali wakes up dead one morning – it tackles Sri Lanka’s difficult history in a vivid and memorable way. And when you buy the book through our page, you’ll be emailed a link to an exclusive online event with the author on June 5th.
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The Nightingale
by Sam Lee

Singer/songwriter Sam Lee goes beyond the usual natural history in this stunning book about one of the nation’s favourite birds. The nightingale, its song, its habits and habitat are all present and correct, but Lee also explores the nightingale’s history in art and literature. Just out in paperback, this was one of our favourite nature books of last year.
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Romantic Comedy
by Curtis Sittenfeld

A new novel by Curtis Sittenfeld is always a cause for celebration, and this one doesn’t disappoint. Comedy writer Sally and musician Noah reconnect during lockdown after a disastrous first meeting. This is a really fun peek behind the scenes of celebrity, with Sittenfeld’s usual insight and dry wit making it much more than the sum of its parts.
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by Valerie Perrin

In small-town France in the 80s and early 90s, three school friends are completely inseparable. Twenty years later, another class mate, now a journalist, is investigating a body, found in a nearby lake. This is a tense and raw story about loyalty and ties that can’t be broken.
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The Tale of Truthwater Lake
by Emma Carroll

For readers aged 9 and over, this is a gorgeous eco-timeslip novel. It’s the near future, and Polly and her brother have been sent to an aunt’s house to escape a punishing heatwave. Swimming through a man-made lake, Polly discovers the remains of a flooded town, and then finds herself transported back to before the flood.
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