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What we've been reading and really enjoying...

By Simply Books, Feb 8 2018 12:06PM

Cousins is a new novel by Salley Vickers. Her first novel, Miss Garnets Angel became an international word-of-mouth best seller and favourite amongst book clubs - indeed it was one of the first books we read here at Simply Books with our original reading group nearly 15 years ago. In Cousins, the author gives a spellbinding account of a family in distress - exposing the inner workings of one family (possibly every family!) with disconcerting clarity. While Tye and his cousin Cele are kindrid spirits who have grown up together. But their very closeness keep them at a troubled distance until one night of wreckless misadventure - the consequences of which engulf three generations, laying bare secrets that stretch back as far as the Second World War. A serious, mature book that is also compellingly enjoyable. Salley Vickers will be talking about Cousins - and her other writing - when she visits us at Simply Books on Thursday 1st March. If you would like to meet her, tickets are available here.

Sue absolutely loved this debut novel by Gail Honeyman, Elenor Oliphant is Completely Fine - a story about the worst and very best that people are capable of. By turns funny, brave and thought-provoking. Eleanor leads a simple life. Eleanor wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal for lunch every day and buys the same bottle of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except perhaps, everything. But one single act of kindness is set to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself.

This is an unusual, quirky book - a book to make you laugh and cry; a life-affirming story about lonliness and the transformative power of even the smallest acts of kindness - a worth winner of this year's COSTA First Novel of the Year Award.

And for the children ... The Pirates of Scurvy Sands is a new pirate adventure from author/illustrator Jonny Duddle following the hilarious voyages of the Jolley-Rodgers, the most intrepid pirates to sail the seven seas.


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