Looking to find your next page turner? Our expert book recommendations are here to help.
Each month, our books editor Fanny Blake picks the best new books to add to your reading list.
And, whether you’re looking for a thriller, romance or something to pull at the heartstrings, there’s sure to be something that takes your fancy on this month’s reading list…
Fanny says: “Lily Decker escapes her traumatic childhood by going to Las Vegas and becoming a showgirl. But despite forging a new identity as Ruby Wilde and finding success in the glitter and glamour of the Strip, the past refuses to let her go. A vivid backstage portrait packed with Sixties’ detail as well as a heart-wrenching story of friendship, guilt and personal redemption.”
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Fanny says: “1940 London. Determined to be a Lady War Correspondent, Emmy mistakenly takes a job on Woman’s Realm, assisting the agony aunt, Mrs Bird. But Mrs Bird has Standards, refusing to reply to certain problems, so Emmy feels bound to take matters into her own hands. Meanwhile her own love life is far from straightforward. This is a delight: witty, well-observed, tear-jerking and a vivid depiction of the time. I loved it.”
Fanny says: “Imagine arriving home to find another family has moved into your house, and all your belongings have disappeared. Your husband, too. This is the clever premise that kicks off a novel that had me second-guessing and completely gripped all the way through. As Fi Lawson begins to unravel what has happened, she finds more out about her husband and herself than she might otherwise have wanted. Packed with twists and surprises till the last page – terrific stuff.”
Fanny says: “Tremain returns to her youth in this elegant and poignant memoir. Rosie and her sister Jo’s happy childhood ended when her father left them, and they were sent to boarding school. They lost their friends, their London home and, most painfully, their nanny who had shown them love when their parents couldn’t. A telling portrait of what went into the making of one of our most acclaimed and well-loved novelists.”
Fanny says: “In 1969, police constable Florence Loveday was instrumental in putting away Larry Glassbrook, coffin-maker and twisted killer of three young children. The case made Florence famous. Thirty years later, he is dead and she has returned to Lancashire for his funeral. Confronting the past, she begins to realise the case is far from over. A chilling novel of witchcraft and suspense that’s not for the faint-hearted.”
Fanny says: “When Brockwell Lido is threatened with closure, its possible salvation comes in the shape of two unlikely heroines: 20-something local journalist, Kate who’s lonely and prone to panic attacks, and widowed pensioner Rosemary who swims there every day. Together they take a stand against the local council and voracious developers. A novel of friendship, love, and the importance of community – this is an absolute pleasure.”
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Fanny says: “The Wilde family spend idyllic summers at The Bosky, their house by the beach in Dorset. Beneath the surface shine, the lives of celebrated actor, Tony, his glamorous wife Althea and their children Cordelia and Ben are far more complicated than at first glance. With plenty of family secrets, a gorgeous old house, an involving story featuring characters that leap off the page – there’s nothing not to love about this captivating family saga.”