Back to School part 2: The Reading List

8700561395Continuing Alex’s brilliant back to school theme (although rumour has it that summer is about to have a last hurrah), today is all about your reading list. Pencils at the ready – and add these to your book bag.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

71-nFQ9vCfLYou loved her debut (Lessons in Calamity Physics) – and this is just as brilliant. It’s a doorstopper-sized noir influenced thriller which will have you reading, feverishly, as the night oil burn. Cynical, divorced Marlowe-esque investigative hack Scott McGrath  is obsessed with so-cult-you-can’t-even-watch-his-films-at-the-cinema horror director Stanislas Cordova (who was the object of McGrath’s professional ruin). When Cordova’s daughter Ashley is found dead, McGrath is drawn into Cordova’s nightmarish world as he cannot resist the temptation to investigate. No horror trope is left unturned. It’s a dark, intriguing, spine-tingling enigma of a novel. And totally worth toting around – despite the size of the beast.



The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert


The first novel in aeons from the Eat Pray Love titan is a wonderful epic that sprawls a century and traverses the globe (bonus: it starts in Kew Gardens), and features the most beguiling, unlikely heroine in the form of Alma Whittaker. The plain, brilliant daughter of an avaricious, irascible. weathly botanist – Alma wants to be a botanist (and a fulfilled woman) in her own right. Her journey takes her across oceans and continents, encompasses love, mysticism, science and life. It is, quite simply, a tremendous read. 




The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

GetImageI’m yet to get my mitts on a proof copy of this, but any novel by Donna Tartt is a real event. She’s not prolific by any means, but she always delivers. This promises to be a meditation on art, loss and love. Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that kills his mother. Tormented by the loss, he clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, eeriely captivating painting that will draw him into the criminal underworld.




Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy by Helen Fielding 

GetImage-1Bridget is back. And grappling with Noughties preoccupations: skinny jeans, sexting, Twitter. We. Cannot. WAIT.








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