Find a bit of comfort and escapism with our list of books to lift your mood and bring a bit of joy into your home. From our favourite classics to some unexpected contemporary novels we will have something for you to curl up to and enjoy.
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
Anne Elliot, a twenty-seven-year-old single woman is no longer a young woman with prospects. Eight years previously she was engaged to a young naval officer, Frederick Wentworth. Persuaded by her good friend that the match was unworthy, Anne called off the engagement. A deep and lasting regret has clouded Anne in the subsequent years. A beautiful love story tinged with heart ache and the hope of second chances.
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- The Guernsey Literary Potato Society by Mary Anne Shaffer
With London emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find a letter from a man she has never met, a native of the island Guernsey, who has come across her name inside a book by Charles Lamb. Written with warmth and humour as a series of letters, this novel is about finding connection in the most surprising ways.
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- The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they are crazy, but it’s the perfect solution. Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time. What follow is a beautiful story that is like the comfort of a warm blanket and a good cup of tea.
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- Aristotle and Dante Discover the History of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime.
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- Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
Step back into the 90’s and into Bridget’s world with her laugh out loud diary. Devastatingly aware Bridget takes us on her quest of doomed self-improvement. Quick disclaimer, the novel may not have aged that well but it definitely is a little reminder of the psyche of the 90’s woman. A great read that will leave you laughing out loud.
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- The Rosie Project by Don Tillman
A real feel good read, The Rosie Project follows the genetics professor Don Tillman, who struggles with women. Devising the perfect criteria for a future wife. Don’s plans are completely thrown off course when he meets Rosie, who manages to be the opposite of his checklist, but has become a huge part of his life. A moving and hilarious story that will lift your spirits.
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- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
An all-time favourite classic, this is a story that cannot be missed. Jane Eyre is the plain and small orphan who has been an outcast for the majority of her youth. At every turn Jane has had to show courage through mistreatment and grief. Trained as a Governess Jane finds herself at Thornfield Hall, the home to the enigmatic Mr. Rochester. A gothic romance, unparalleled in its perfect blend of mystery, drama and self - realisation.
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- The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
A tale about four mothers, four daughters and four families from China and recent immigrants to San Francisco. The four mothers meet up weekly to play mah-jong and tell stories of what they left behind in China. United in loss and hope for their daughter’s new lives in America, they call themselves The Joy Luck Club. With wit and sensitivity Tan explores the often complicated, sometimes confusing but ultimately tender relationship between the mothers and their daughters.
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- Bringing down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford. In return for her scholarship, she must support the rising women's suffrage movement. Her charge is to recruit men of influence to champion their cause. Her target is Sebastian Devereux, the cold and calculating Duke of Montgomery who steers Britain's politics at the Queen's command. Her challenge is not to give in to the powerful attraction she can't deny for the man who opposes everything she stands for.
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