Autumn reading list
Reading in retirement is proven to stimulate the mind and promote brain health. Reading also promotes feelings of wellbeing and can help you drift into a deeper, more beneficial sleep. So dive into a good book this autumn with our top 5 books this November.
Silver Sparrow – Tayari Jones
With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, "My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist," the critically acclaimed winner of the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction author, Tayari Jones unveils a breath-taking story about a man's double life, one public and the other a closely guarded secret.
Set in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon and his two teenage daughters who are caught in the middle. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows the truth. The relationship is destined to explode when deception is uncovered, secrets revealed and illusions shattered. A fantastic read from start to finish.
Dear NHS: 100 stories to say Thank You – Adam Kay
Featuring household names, including Joanna Lumley, Trevor McDonald, Stephen Fry and many more, this book is a collection of poems, stories and letters to the NHS with the authors all sharing their own experience of the National Health Service and how it changed their lives. Full of gratitude, this profoundly moving collection, created and edited by Adam Kay, highlights the selfless and generous heroes who work tirelessly every day putting others before themselves. All profits of the book will go to NHS Charities Together and Lullaby Trust.
The Last Train to Key West – Chanel Cleeton
Set in 1935, as one of the most powerful hurricanes in history barrels towards the Florida Keys, three women’s lives are forever changed in this enthralling new novel from Chanel Cleeton. A gripping read following Helen Berner, Mirta Perez and Elizabeth Preston, who meet unexpectedly on a holiday weekend whilst they are trying to tackle their own personal storms in the midst of a devastating hurricane. An engaging story filled with love and determination.
I’ll Never Tell – Catherine McKenzie
Twenty years ago the body of Amanda Holmes is found bludgeoned in a rowboat at the MacAllister family’s Camp Macaw and nobody is charged with the crime. Upon the death of their parents, the MacAlister siblings return to read the will, but they find that the mystery of Amanda’s death must be unraveled before they can leave. Secrets are exposed as the five siblings look to solve the crime. A smart and engaging mystery full of psychological suspense.
Anxious People – Fredrik Backman
When eight strangers go to an open house to view an apartment, little do they know that they are about to walk into a life or death situation. When a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone hostage the pressure mounts and the eight strangers open up to each other, revealing long-hidden truths. As deep dark secrets are shared, the robber must decide what is a more terrifying prospect; walking out to the police or staying in the apartment with this group of impossible people. A comical and thought-provoking read which explores the impact of human connection.
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