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What to Read Now: Vol CXVII

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The Marriage Portrait
by Maggie O’Farrell
£9.99

This captivating historical novel is just out in paperback.  Following Lucrezia de’ Medici from her untameable childhood to her forced marriage to Duke Alfonso.  O’Farrell cleverly tells readers what to expect from the first chapter, and then plays with our expectations throughout.
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Kings of Their Own Ocean
by Karen Pinchin
£22

From one tuna’s ocean-spanning journey (from Rhode Island to the Med), Karen Pinchin crafts a fascinating book about fish and human impact on the oceans and sealife. You’ll never look at a sushi roll the same way again.
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The Librarianist
by Patrick deWitt
£18.99

Like a literary Wes Anderson, deWitt manages to capture quirky characters and unlikely plots in a deeply enjoyable and satisfying way.  Here, we meet retired librarian Bob Comet, and go back through his history to discover what made him who he is today.
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Madly, Deeply
by Alan Rickman
£12.99

Just in paperback, Alan is the companion you’ll want for any long flights you may be taking in the near future.  Often gossipy, occasionally catty, and usually extremely witty, this is a fascinating insight into the world of a film star.
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Carrie Soto is Back
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
£9.99

A tennis legend returns to the court in a bid to win one last grand slam, in this entertaining novel by the author of Daisy Jones and the Six. If you only take one book on holiday with you (though really, who does that?) make it this one.  And if you need a fun read to get you through Wimbledon fortnight, this is the one too.  
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The Skull
by Jon Klassen
£14.99

While it may not feel tremendously seasonal, we can’t tell you how excited we are about author/illustrator Klassen’s entry into the world of chapter books.  A re-telling of a Tyrolean folktale, it has an incredible macabre charm, full of Klassen’s trademark bone-dry wit.  Perfect for Wednesdays and Pugsleys aged 6+ (and everyone else).
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