BOOKMARK July 2023 Book recommendations
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy
(Pan Macmillan, 2022)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy (ISBN: 9781035003792, paperback). A father and son are walking through a destroyed landscape in a post-apocalyptic, lawless world. Vulnerable and poorly equipped to survive, they know only that they must keep walking, heading for the coast. It is described in pretty much every review as a masterful modern classic.
I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
(Pan Macmillan, 2017)
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (ISBN: 9781509843732, hardback). The story centres on the trials and tribulations of the eccentric Mortmain family and is told through the witty, insightful diaries of Cassandra, a sister, daughter and step-daughter who is about to fall in love for the first time.
Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
(Faber & Faber, 2023)
This year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction winner, Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver (ISBN: 9780571376483, paperback). A modern take on a classic Dickens, told by a superb storyteller. Demon is born into poverty in the Appalachian Mountains and ‘on the wrong side of luck’. He’ll need all of his charm and wit if he’s to find the love and safety he seeks. It’s described as: 'Raw, angry, starkly beautiful’.
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
(Transworld Publishers Ltd, 2023)
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (ISBN: 9781804990926, paperback). This is the story of chemist Elizabeth Zott. Set in the 1960s, Elizabeth’s research career is stymied by the misogyny of her peers. Reluctantly taking on the role of a cook show host, she starts to make changes, chipping away at the stereotypes and resetting expectations as she goes.
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome
(Pan Macmillan, 2020)
The gentle comic novel Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome (ISBN: 9781529024012, hardback). Is set on the Thames and sees our four stalwart companions, J., George and Harris rowing up the river, accompanied by Montmorency, the dog.
The Tent, The Bucket and Me by Emma Kennedy
(Edbury Publishing, 2010)
The hilarious memoir, The Tent, The Bucket and Me by Emma Kennedy (ISBN: 9780091926793). Emma Kennedy’s ode to family holidays in the 1970s is equally full of disastrous escapes: a very wet and very windy camping trip in Wales, a cramped, not-always-reliable car, and the first exotic forays across the Channel into France, where food poisoning awaited.