If you’ve already worked your way through your summer books, don’t fret. We’ve put together a selection of must reads to see you through those long, lazy evenings.
‘We Crossed A Bridge & It Trembled: Voices From Syria’ by Wendy Pearlman
"Politicians and commentators throughout the world talk about Syrians as victims to be pitied, bodies to be sheltered, radicals to be denounced, or threats to be feared and blocked. In the whirlwind of words spoken about Syrians as a global problem, it can be difficult to find chances to listen to actual Syrians, as human beings" – #WendyPearlman from We Crossed A Bridge and It Trembled ° #CurrentlyReading #GoodReads #personalnarratives #loststories #Booknerd #bookish
You might be tired of politics, but this timely book reminds us what is really on the line.
As the war in Syria rages on, there’s growing antipathy to the plight of refugees in the West and across the globe.
In the midst of all of this, real people with real lives every bit as valuable as ours are living through the horror of war, displacement, and intense loss.
And yet theirs are the voices least often heard.
This book bears witness to the people at the heart of the crisis, those feeling the consequences of political decisions: the Syrians themselves.
Read powerful testimonies, intimate tales and poetic excerpts from Syrians whose lives have been turned upside down.
‘The Essex Serpent’ by Sarah Perry
Currently reading The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry 🌻🌿 I'm happy to finally get my hands on this beautiful book. Turns out the inside is just as wonderful as the outside. . . #bookstagram #bookcover #essexserpent #serpentstail #instareads #bookworm #igreads #bibliophile #currentlyreading #historicalfiction #readwomen2017
If you fancy immersing yourself in some period fiction, try the atmospheric ‘The Essex Serpent’ by Sarah Perry.
The book weaves myth, science and immaculate storytelling for a unique reader experience.
Heady double meanings melt into the numerous subtexts of this novel, which tells the tale of feisty widow Cora Seaborne’s move to Essex.
There, after numerous suspicious goings on, there is talk of a winged serpent that terrorizes the village.
Belief haunts the book as much as any reality.
The characters are perfect, and it feels as if the author is at once writing from a bench in Victorian England and from a perch in your own head.
‘The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, & Reading ‘ by Anne Gisleson
If you’re going through a rough time, or are coming out of the end of one, then the search for meaning will be no distant relative.
‘The Futilitarians’ grapples with this sensitively but stunningly; a memoir detailing this search through friendships and books, you’ll be sure to go with the author on her journey.
Anne Gisleson lost her two sisters, fled her home during Hurricane Katrina and endured the death of father to cancer.
On meeting her partner, who had also been through immense torment and grief, she wondered how they might go forward, while carrying the weight of their loss.
What emerges is a testament to the curiosity of the human spirit, the power of friendship, and a giant of a book.
‘The Green Road’ by Anne Enright
If you seek family drama, familiarity and an author who pierces to the heart of reality like a pinprick, consider Irish Anne Enright’s ‘The Green Road.’
Centered around the Madigan family reunion, the book threads the tales of the four children and their mother, Rosaleen, on separate strings before they meet, changed and older.
Relentlessly human, devastating in its insight, if you like books like ‘A Little Life’, then this one’s for you.
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