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Five of our favourite recently published books
Do your daily reading habits consist mainly of emails, tweets and Facebook updates? Recent studies have suggested that spending excessive amounts of time on-line and on social media can increase our stress levels and shorten our attention span. Some experts suggest that this may be because much of the on-line content that we consume is condensed into small chunks of information that require little attention or ‘in-depth’ reading. A great way to combat this is to read books.
A good book can be beneficial on many levels and makes a great way to unwind and switch off from your day to day routine. Whether you read on a tablet or prefer the feel of a physical paper book, the key is to find the right one – the kind that you won’t be able to put down.
here are five of our favourite recently published reads, we hope that they might appeal to you too.
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Featuring many of the iconic characters from the classic ‘To Kill a Mockingbird ‘, this is the must read follow up . Set two decades later it adds depth, context and new meaning to the classic, some of the views of an ageing Atticus Finch are likely to disappoint, but it is an essential read none the less.
Us by David Nicholls
From the author of ONE DAY this bitter sweet novel is about love, family, husbands and wives, parents and children. It was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014, and has recently been published in paperback. Written with wit and intelligence this novel comes highly recommended.
Still Whispering After All These Years by Bob Harris
Best known as the face of 70s TV music show ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ and still a Radio 2 DJ today, in this biography Bob tells his story of over 40 years of broadcasting with the BBC, during which time he has been married three times, gone bankrupt, fought cancer, had a very public spat with a fellow DJ and revamped his career a number of times. With a forward by Robert Plant this book is well worth a read.
Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
The latest novel from this best selling author is about a young girl who leaves Blackpool in 1964 for the bright lights of London and lands a part in a smash-hit BBC TV comedy series. Funny Girl offers a captivating portrait of youth, old age, fame, hard work, class and collaboration, all set against the popular culture of the swinging sixties.
Game of Mirrors by Andrea Camilleri
The latest book in the Sicilian crime series featuring the food loving detective Inspector Montalbano, has our hero in a hall of mirrors, where there is danger at every turn and nothing is clear. If you are a fan of Montalbano in the BBC 4 subtitled series, then this adds the detail that is lost in the screen version, a must for lovers of Italy and crime novels.
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