April books you’ll lurrrve
Give the telly a break and dive into one of these new reads, as recommended by The Willoughby Book Club.
I finally managed to steal a few hours to myself and read an entire book – all 466 pages in 2 weeks! That may not sound impressive to some, but I haven’t had the chance to pick up a book in almost six years! Soo with that said, I’m hoping to inspire you with one of these brand-new reads this month.
Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan
This story follows the protagonist 22 year old Ava on a gap year in Honk Kong. A prickly and wry debut from Irish author Naoise Dolan, this is one for fans of Sally Rooney and will be sure to delight with its acerbic prose.
The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths
The latest in Griffith’s Ruth Galloway series, this book is rooted in the evocative Norfolk landscape. Forensic archaeologist Ruth once again finds herself knee deep in bones, helping detective Nelson solve a troubling case. This is the thirteenth title in the series: if you’ve never read any of these start with book one and you’re in for a full summer of reading. Welcome to the fan club!
Those Who Are Loved by Victoria Hislop
Set against the background of the German occupation of Greece, this is the story of a family divided by politics. We love the sense of place in Victoria Hislop’s novels, and the themes of the past and its echoes into the present. Her research is worn lightly, all her novels are utterly transporting.
Grown Ups by Marian Keyes
Recently out in paperback following it’s publication last year, this is a treat of a book that will make you laugh and cry. Marian Keyes writes with such warmth and heart, and makes difficult issues so very relatable. Put the kettle on, curl up on the couch and prepare not to move until you’ve read the whole thing.
Wintering by Katherine May
This is a beautiful meditation on the fallow times in life, and the benefit of rest and retreat. Whilst the title might not seem appropriate as we move toward spring, we’ve all being ‘wintering’ in a sense, and this lovely book will help us reflect on our time spent in retreat, and remember that life ebbs and flows and brighter times will surely follow!
What White People Can Do Next: from Allyship to Coalition by Emma Dabiri
The second book from the author of ‘Don’t Touch my Hair’ this is an incisive and thought provoking essay. You’ll find yourself bookmarking quotes and having ‘lightbulb’ moments of insight throughout as the author analyses post-colonialism and interrogates the structure of capitalism.
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Klara is an Artificial Friend, made to be a companion to a human child. With themes such as what it means to be human and the nature of love, this is sure to occupy your mind long after you’ve finished reading.
The Woods by Vanessa Savage
An engrossing thriller that had us hooked from the very first page. Vanessa Savage is up there with Lisa Jewell when it comes to writing psychological thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Gríofa
An unusual and completely engrossing read exploring the author’s inner life and her research and connections with an 18th century poet. In the 1700’s an Irish noblewoman, on discovering the death of her husband, drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary lament. The author weaves her own story in and around the translation and her fascination with the poet’s life.
Ripe Figs by Yasmin Khan
We’re looking forward to trying the recipes from this book. Exploring the cuisine of Greece, Turkey and Cyprus and accompanied by beautiful photographs this could be the answer to re-creating the taste of holidays at home. Roll on summer!