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This Month’s Picks

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

About

First published in 1960, this Pulitzer-prizewinning novel deals with hard-hitting issues of racial inequality and rape, but it’s a novel woven with warmth and humour, told from the perspective of six-year-old Jean Louise Finch - better known as ‘Scout’. She recounts her life in the small, tired town of Maycomb, Alabama, where she and her brother Jeremy (‘Jem’) and her father, local attorney Atticus Finch, live. Through her eyes, we meet their mysterious neighbour, Boo Radley, and watch the story of small-town bigotry unfold when Atticus is appointed to defend a black man, Tom Robinson, who is accused of raping a young white woman.

LJ's thoughts

Sometimes, studying a book at school can have the effect of putting you off it for the rest of your days, but that certainly hasn’t been the case for me when it comes to re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird. I tend to re-visit this book every couple of years and, although I might already know how the story ends, it’s the nuggets of wisdom and acute observations about the human condition that continue to have meaning. Now, as we continue to weather the storm of a viral pandemic in the ‘real’ world, I find myself picking this book up again to immerse myself in Lee’s fictional world to gather some perspective and, as always, it’s a revelation.

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Crossed Skis

Carol Carnac

About

In this British Crime Classic, Inspector Julian Rivers of Scotland Yard finds himself investigating a murder in Bloomsbury. All the evidence points to an expert skier, which takes Rivers to the glittering slopes of snowy Austrian Alps.

LJ's thoughts

This is the perfect book to snuggle up with, because it has it all - an atmospheric setting for a chilly mystery, a group of suspicious characters and even a high-speed chase across the slopes, before the story ends. Perfect escapism!

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Previous Picks

Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

About

In Where the Crawdads Sing, we meet Kya Clark who has grown up alone in a shack in the swamplands of North Carolina after being abandoned by her family. Two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty...

LJ's thoughts

Original and moving, this is a very worthy bestseller! Fantastic for anybody who enjoys strong and unusual settings, as well as strong and unusual women!

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The Woman in Black

Susan Hill

About

The story is narrated by Arthur Kipps, who takes the trouble to write down the haunting tale of his experience years earlier, when he was a junior solicitor. Dispatched from foggy London to the small, North Eastern market town of Crythin Gifford, a young Kipps leaves his fiancée, Stella, to attend the funeral of a Mrs Alice Drablow and settle her estate afterwards. Unfortunately, the reclusive Drablow lived on a remote causeway island, where all is not what it seems…

LJ's thoughts

I must confess to having seen the stage production of The Woman in Black at least six times because, despite knowing all the scary parts, it was just as fresh each time around thanks to a simple but highly effective concept which goes to prove that less is most definitely more, when it comes to stage direction. After such an auspicious beginning, was it any wonder I loved the book, when I finally came to read it? As a firm fan of causeway mysteries (wink wink), the image of young Kipps finding himself trapped at the desolate Eel Marsh House with only a pale-faced spectre and a small dog for company was instantly evocative. Everything about this book works in harmony for me, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a compelling if not slightly unsettling read, with thrills and chills galore!

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