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Every month we pick three show-stopping, day-eating, unputdownable books which we recommend to you with all of our bookselling muster. We guarantee, pick up one of these books, start reading and you'll never know what hit you.
Fiction book of the month
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
Raised in the 1940s in the mostly Irish neighbourhood of Jackson Heights, Queens, by an alcoholic mother and a union-wage father, Eileen yearns for more from an early age. Driven by this longing, she places her stock and love in a handsome young scientist and with him begins a family. Once her childhood neighbourhood begins to slip below her standards, she pushes against her husband's reluctance to find a home elsewhere.
When it becomes clear that his reticence is part of a deeper, more incomprehensible psychological shift, the bricks of the life she thought she was building begin to crumble, and she and her son are left to grapple with a husband and a father who is, beyond their control, fading away.
Non-Fiction book of the month
The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It by Owen Jones
"Owen Jones is a phenomenon of recent times. Arriving on the British political scene in 2011 with his first book, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, he has swiftly become one of the most important voices on the Left, winning plaudits across the board for his writing.
His second book, The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It, looks at the rise, fall and subsequent resurrection of the ‘ruling class’ in Britain. Jones argues that behind our democracy lies a powerful group: politicians, media owners, financiers and business people, who far from serving the interests of us, the people, rather serve, protect and further their own interests. This Establishment, he argues, has contributed significantly to the rising inequality in British society, where once again the town in which you were born, the jobs that your parents do, the school in which you attend, all determine your outcome in life.
Owen Jones’ second book is a powerful, fury-making but ultimately inspiring read. With the General Elections on Thursday 7th May, this is a book I urge everyone to read. Be informed, be inspired and make sure your voice is heard."
Susanne Ard - Non-Fiction Buyer