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Kate Davies' Book Selection for May 2022

This time of year always transports me to Kent and H.E. Bates’ delightful stories of The Darling Buds of May (ISBN: 978141029672, paperback, Penguin Books, 2006). In turn, that got me thinking about friends and family

The first book is featuring at the BOOKMARK Meet the Author event on 21 May, when Magnus Linklater will be interviewing Andrew Grieg about his latest novel, Rose Nicolson. Also new out is A Tidy Ending by Joanna Cannon. Family and relationships are a big theme in Elena Ferrante’s books. She is perhaps best known for My Brilliant Friend (ISBN: 978178 7702226, paperback, Europa Editions, 2020.  However, I’m going to point you towards The Lost Daughter.  Isabel Allende is another prolific writer on friendship. I haven’t yet read her latest book, Violeta (ISBN: 9781526648341, hardback, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022) – though it’s been added to the ‘leaning bedside tower’. Instead, I want to recommend The Japanese Lover. We’re dipping into the classics for the remaining couple of recommendations, beginning with Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and finally, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.

I hope you enjoy reading these books. If you have any recommendations you would like to share, please do get in touch with me through BOOKMARKor at Adventure into Books

All books are available or can be pre-ordered from Adventure into Books in Blairgowrie and Waterstones in Perth; they may also be available from Blairgowrie’s library or Booklore


To view Kate's recommendations, please click here.