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Our 2020 reading list...

As we head into spring and celebrate World Book Day, we thought we would share our 2020 reading list so far. Here’s what we’ve been getting lost in this year. What have you been binge-reading?

All Among the Barley by Melissa Harrison. Between wars, 13-year-old Edie cuts a lonely figure on the farm in a small East Anglia village. As traditions give way to a new era, facism slowly creeps into rural communities. We loved this story with the beautiful and intricate descriptions of the changing seasons.

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano. Loosely based on the true story of a sole survivor of a commercial plane crash, this book introduces us to Edward whose world is turned upside down when his family are killed in an air disaster. Unexpectedly moving.

Olive Kitterage by Elizabeth Strout. We were late to this one but it could be one of our all time favourites.

Queenie by Candice Carty Williams. Read this now before the forthcoming Channel 4 adaptation sends it stratospheric.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. A racist miscarriage of justice tears apart a seemingly perfect marriage. The novel was one of Barack Obama’s favourites of 2019 and no wonder – it will break your heart.

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold. The untold story of the five victims of Jack the Ripper. This is an eye opening reinvestigation of five lives that have been misrepresented by historians.

Grand Union by Zadie Smith

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata. A smash hit in Japan, this translation will see you fall in love with Keiko Furukura whose world doesn’t expand much beyond her job in a Yokohoma 24/7 store.

 If you're looking for more reading inspiration, check out our Lost Library...

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