Looking to find your next page turner? Our expert book recommendations are here to help.
Each month, the team here at w&h 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…
We say: Thanks to the backing and support of none other than HRH, Meghan Duchess of Sussex, it’s little wonder why this cookbook has quickly catapulted to best-seller status. The Hubb Community Kitchen are a community of women who were victims of the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, and began cooking together and sharing food to support themselves and their neighbours during the difficult time. It's the Duchess' first solo project as a member of the royal family, and a book we can't wait to get our hands on this month.
We say:In a near-future run by the extremist Pure movement, women and female children are fitted with a "counter" that gives a shock if they speak more than 100 words a day. No jobs, no books, no mercy. Can Jean, granted a reprieve, change things? Thought-provoking: We were left speechless.
We say:Who has been sending letters purportedly by Hercule Poirot accusing the recipients of a murder they did not commit? Poirot has never heard of the alleged victim, one Barnabas Pandy, but is drawn into this cunning and compulsive mystery that contains plenty of motives and is great fun to read. This is the third of Sophie Hannah's classic whodunnits featuring Agatha Christie's Poirot, each of them written with great panache and the lightest of touches.
PICK OF THE MONTH
We say: When her daughter Lana is found unharmed after having been missing for four days, Jen is
mightily relieved but Lana refuses to say what happened to her. When they return home, their family starts falling apart. As Jen struggles to connect with Lana, this is less a “whodunwhat” and more a sensitive study of a mother-daughter relationship.
We say: Mike is on trial for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Verity’s new husband. On the advice of his lawyer, he writes down what really happened. But how will his lawyer twist what he knows to save him? I devoured this gripping, unsettling and brilliantly constructed thriller in one breathless gulp.
We say: 13-year-old Jasper suffers
from face blindness and synaesthesia, which means he interprets the world through colours. Then he is confronted by a new colour – that of his neighbour Bee Larkham’s murder. The author’s insight into her subject is impressive and her gripping novel is sure to be a bestseller.
Fanny says: In this electrifying story of a man’s obsession, the setting is a remote Pacific island in 1879, where the Peacock family are joined by a pair of Polynesian brothers. Appalled by the decrepitude of the Peacocks, missionary-trained Kalala strikes up a friendship with the daughter Lizzie, to discover that the situation is far worse than he imagined. Lushly written, with immaculate historical detail, it worked for me on many levels.
We say: I defy anyone to finish this without weeping and giving thanks for the NHS. A nurse for 20 years, Christie Watson dealt with every kind of illness and injury, and was present at difficult births, comforted the dying and assisted at complex operations. Kindness, compassion and dedication are her watchwords, even when pushed to breaking point. An important book that should be on every reading list.
We say: Grandmother Tina Hopgood writes to a professor at the Silkeborg Museum in Denmark about Tollund Man, an Iron Age man found in a Danish bog and kept in his museum. She doesn’t expect a reply and certainly not the subsequent lengthy correspondence that becomes a lifeline for both of them as they lay bare their souls to one another. An intriguing and tender read that I found unexpectedly affecting.
We say: Born into a wealthy banking dynasty, 21-year-old Greta Goldbaum moves from Vienna to London to marry distant cousin Albert. That’s what’s expected of her. Her marriage is not easy from the start but the gift of a garden changes everything. Greta first falls in love with the garden, then with her husband. When the First World War breaks out, she is forced to choose between the family she has made and the one she left behind. A delightful and involving saga that’s rich in atmosphere and character.
We say: A week-long affair is enough to tell Sarah she's in love. But then Eddie disappears. What has happened to him? This captivating high-concept love story is chock-full of secrets, loss and grief, with plenty of twists and tissue-sodden emotional moments.
COMPELLING AND FUNNY
If you read Evans's superb Crooked Heart, you'll recognise Mattie Simpkin, once a militant suffragette. Going back to 1928, we meet her again when her search for a new worthwhile cause has dramatic results. Quirky characters plus great storytelling make a terrific read.
We say:This devastating portrayal of life, love and sacrifice is classic Dani Atkins - and a brilliant read to boot. Follow the unputdownable story of Maddie, her fiancé, and the new woman in his life...
HEALTH & WELLBEING
We say: As summer comes to an end and the days get shorter, anxiety and depression - and conditions such as Seasonal Affective Disorder - can start to set in and get worse if not addressed. TED star Ingrid Fetell Lee asks, ‘When was the last time you felt joy?’ and writes how changing your surroundings can help us all to lead happier, healthier lives.