Words by Nicole Thomsen
August 8th, 2017
Looking to be transported to another world this summer or just something to pass the hour as you laze by the pool? Delve into our list of must-reads; you’re sure to find a page-turner that will keep you entertained and reading for hours.
Based in the totalitarian society of Gilead in what was formerly the United States of America, a fundamentalist regime is at play where women are reduced to second class citizens, valued by their ability or inability to bear children. For those who are infertile, they are sentenced to life in the Colonies but for those who are fertile, they are enslaved as Handmaids who live to serve men of power until they provide them with a child. Through a combination of flashbacks to her life pre-dictatorship and present day accounts, Offred tells her story of life as a handmaid and her fight to regain autonomy.
While The Handmaid’s Tale is not a new release, its onscreen adaptation has reentered this 1985 novel into the charts once more, making it a disturbing must-read. If you’ve yet to watch the most talked about show of 2017, make sure you devour the novel first.
From the author of The Girl on the Train comes Into the Water, a suspense-laden thriller which focuses on the town of Beckford where the body of a single mother is discovered at the bottom of a river. Earlier that summer a young teenage girl met the same demise. But was it suicide or is something much more sinister at play?
Joyce Carol Oates
When Augustus Voorhees, a doctor and abortion provider, is shot dead by the Evangelical preacher, Luther Dunphy who believes he is acting out God’s will, their respective families are irrevocably interwoven. A Book of American Martyrs delves into America’s abortion rights war, depicting two families on opposing sides of the debate.
Spurred on by a blog post of the same name, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is an incisive, thought-provoking look at racial prejudice and what it’s like to be a person of colour in the UK, ultimately spelling out something which is time and time again given the blind eye- that “racism is a white problem”. A must-read irrespective of class, gender, age or race.
Two women, one a spy recruited by the Alice Network in France during World War I, the other an American college girl who is banished to Europe after her parents discover she is pregnant, are brought together and find themselves on a mission to unravel the truth. A thrilling piece of historical fiction that spans two world wars, bringing the reader on a courageous cross-continental journey.
10-year-old Joan has the rare ability to recall every moment of her life in cinematic detail while grief-stricken Gavin is struggling to deal with the loss of his wife, Sydney and the life they shared. When Gavin moves to New Jersey in search of peace, he finds Joan and the contrary duo strike a deal; Joan will share her vivid memories of Sydney in return for Gavin’s help with the local songwriting competition. But Joan reveals aspects of Sydney’s last days which Gavin never expected.
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