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What to Read Now: Vol LXXXI

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Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Extra Good Things
by Yotam Ottolenghi & Noor Murad

Mixing flexibility with the distinct Ottolenghi flare that has made them so popular, Extra Good Things serves up another batch of recipes that you will be dying to try, with space leftover for your own personal touch. Whether you’ve got every ingredient to hand or are trying to rid your kitchen of its leftovers, the Test Kitchen are on hand to help strip away the fuss without losing any of the flavour.

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Shrines of Gaiety
by Kate Atkinson

From the Costa Award-winning author of Life After Life comes another novel packed with life, emotion and a mesmerizing cast of characters. London, 1926. In a city recovering from the Great War a new approach to nightlife has taken off, and with it the lines of class have begun to blur. But the higher you go, the more likely you are to fall. A sleekly addictive novel, this is Atkinson at her very best.

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Black Victorians: Hidden in History
by Keshia N. Abraham & John Woolf

The accepted, and oft perpetrated image, of Britain in the Victorian age is heavily white and imperialist. But just beyond the eyes of history there was another world, one populated by black visionaries. In this landmark book we are taken through the lives of these unseen figures, from medics to muse, composers to abolitionists, painting a much more rich and diverse picture of the past than we have ever had before.

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What Happens at Night
by Peter Cameron

Having travelled to a strange and foreign snowy European city to adopt a baby, a couple check into a hotel that plays host to a string of guests who are both eager to help yet somehow always out of place. At times both frightening and completely engrossing, What Happens at Night is a brilliantly written examination of what happens when a couple at the end of their relationship are forced into an environment that will not let them leave.

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Best of Friends
by Kamila Shamsie

From the internationally bestselling winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Best of Friends takes us from 1988 Karachi to present-day London. Telling the story of Maryam and Zahra as they go from childhood friends bound together by a single decision made during their adolescence to women who wield both power and secrecy, Shamsie’s latest is an outstanding epic of friendship, politics and identity, perfect for readers of Zadie Smith and Elena Ferrante.

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I Really Want to Share!
by Simon Philip, ill. by Lucia Gaggiotti

Let’s face it, sharing can be tough for everyone. But with a new sibling it can prove to be extra difficult. So when our hilarious heroine is told that she will soon be a big sister and will have to share all of her things, she must face the daunting task head on – with some hilarious results! The perfect book for sharing enthusiasts and novices alike, this is for readers aged 2+

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