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Still Hibernating? 10 Reads for Cold Days

On my bedside table, there’s a growing pile of books from the recently published to vintage novels I’ve never got around to opening…There’s nothing better than curling up in bed or on a comfy chair with a good book on a cold winter’s day is there? Thank you to Mog at Warwick Books for sharing her top 10 winter reads:

1.My Name is Leon by Kit De Waal

This is a heart-wrenching and heart-warming story about two young brothers, race and adoption set in the 1980s. Kit De Waal lives in Leamington Spa, so it’s great to include a local author. It was one of our favourite hardbacks of the year in 2016, and is out in paperback on March

2. Under a Pole Star by Steph Penney

An epic page turner you get absorbed into. Set in a time where a woman’s role was very restricted, this has a bit of everything – a love story and a thrilling adventure. People are comparing Stef Penney to Donna Tart and Sarah Perry. Her debut, The Tenderness of Wolves, won the Costa Book of the Year in 2016.

3. Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid by Giuseppe Catozzella

This is based on a real person, but is definitely a fictional account. It’s about the resilience of a young Somalian girl who keeps her dream of becoming an Olympic athlete alive. Told in first person it’s deeply moving and very powerful, as it touches on the refugee crisis and what it means to be human.

4. The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain

I really enjoyed reading this over Christmas. If you like Nadiya from the Bake Off you will like this story about sisters and family. Her bubbly voice comes through. She says it’s not autobiographical. An enjoyable light read; I especially like how she writes about the importance of friendship and neighbours.

5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This is really magical and quite romantic; you get totally catapulted into another world. It’s the author’s debut fantasy novel following two sisters. If you like The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern you should pick this up. A very good, unputdownable read.

6. A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward

The next few books are all crime thrillers. Sarah Ward visited our shop last year. She’s a magnificent writer whose books are richly atmospheric and expertly constructed. This is the second in a crime series set in the Derbyshire Peak District.

7. The Cleaner by Elisabeth Herrmann

This was written by a former German crime journalist and was recently recommended to me. It is about Judith, whose job is to clean up after a crime scene.  It’s a little bit quirky and has already been bought up as a TV series.

8. The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Written by an Icelandic author, this is a very dark read and the first in a brand-new series. It won the 2015 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel. You will never look at a vacuum cleaner in the same way.

9. Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

Another book where the TV rights have been snapped up and the publishing rights too! This is about a chase to find a serial killer who stitches lots of different bodies together to make one. Daniel Cole is actually a trained paramedic so think Dexter – pretty horrible but darkly humorous.

10. The Dry by Jane Harper

Based in Australia, this is a real page-turner. During a big drought, a family get murdered in a small town. Jane Harper’s debut novel and has been short-listed for the Australian Indie Book Awards 2017.

All available at www.warwickbooks.net Warwick Books, 24 Market Place, Warwick, CV34 4SL, 01926 499939.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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