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5 Books to Add to your Reading List...

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20th Jan 2021

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There's no better time to be getting stuck into a really great book. Whether it's an emotional memoir or a gripping novel you're after, there are so many brilliant books right now to choose from. We've done a little research and here are a few we think should be added to your reading list immediately...

All available to buy through https://uk.bookshop.org/ - an online bookshop with a mission to financially support local, independent bookshops.

Natives: Race & Class in The Ruins Of Empire by Akala 

Mobo- and Bafta-winning musician Akala takes a deep dive into the wider social, political and economic factors that have contributed to a society that benefits the few and ignores the many. Through both personal experiences and social/political analysis, Natives is a book everyone needs to read, looking directly at how the legacy of the British Empire has resulted in deep structural racism and class divides. It challenges those who are unwilling to acknowledge Britain’s long history with racism and how it still exists within society today. A very important read. 


Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Glennon Doyle's memoir Untamed explores the happiness and inner peace we discover once we stop striving to meet the world's 'expectations' and instead really listen to and trust our inner voice. From the New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and activist Glennon Doyle, this book will shake you to your core - in the best possible way.

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What a Time to be Alone by Chidera Eggerue

Finding your self worth is sometimes not easy, especially with the social media/influencer-driven society we live in today. This highly-anticipated debut book from Chidera Eggerue aka ‘The Slumflower’ (the powerful woman behind the ground-breaking movement #SAGGYBOOBSMATTER) is empowering, intimate, and an inspiring read for all.

Luster by Raven Leilani

Released last year, the debut novel from Raven Leilani has received rave reviews; and we can see why. Compelling, sharp and funny, it follows a 23-year-old black woman who is fed up with her mundane job. She then meets a married white man in his forties and everything suddenly changes. She quickly becomes his mistress and moves in with him, his wife, and their adopted black daughter. “Messy” doesn’t even come close to what unfolds. A must-read.

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

If, like most of the world right now, you’re looking for some escapism, Delia Owens’ first novel, Where The Crawdads Sing, is the perfect book to pick up. A multimillion-copy bestseller, the book is both thrilling and emotional, fully engrossing you in the plot. Set in 1969 North Carolina, we follow a woman who is suspected of murder after a plague of rumours have haunted her life for years. This is a must-read for 2021.

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