BOOKS TO READ
If you're ditching the pub this January in favour of spending your winter evenings curled up with a good book, we've got you covered. Wallis Copywriter and avid reader Georgia rounds up her favourite reads of the past year and shares what's on her reading list for 2020.
AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy seem to embody the American dream and the New South - he’s an up-and-coming executive and she’s a talented artist. Just as they begin to settle into married life, they’re torn apart by a wrongful conviction that sends Roy to prison for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Jones’ narrative switches between retrospective first person accounts and heartfelt letters in a way that forges an intimate relationship between the reader and protagonists. You’re rooting for the couple from the offset, and watching as their relationship unravels at the hands of a prejudiced system. It's a heart-breaking but hopeful read.
CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS
I love the way Sally Rooney writes and after Normal People I couldn’t wait to read her next novel. Frances is an intellectual at university in Dublin who performs spoken work poetry with her best friend and former girlfriend, Bobbi. Frances is talented and Bobbi is captivating, so they soon attract the attention of a journalist, Melissa and her actor husband Nick. The glamorous lifestyle of the couple initially repels Frances, who hates everything the privileged couple seem to stand for, but as relationships between Frances and Nick and Bobbi and Melissa begin to develop things become far more complex.
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE
This novel is set in a quiet suburban town where everything is uniform and planned; from the buildings to the families that own them. When an enigmatic single mother rents a house from one of the town’s picture-perfect families for herself and her teenage daughter, a series of events unfolds that threatens the calm, predictable lives of everyone involved. Ng’s novel is hard to put down as her fast-paced narrative takes unexpected twists and turns that surprise and delight throughout.
White Teeth is hilarious and moving the whole way through. The novel is centred around the unlikely friendship of two Second World War veterans, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal. Post war, Archie’s life is plain and uneventful until he marries his second wife, a beautiful Jamaican woman half his age named Clara, and they have a daughter named Irie. Samad is intelligent, traditional, devoutly Muslim and has twin sons with his wife from a prearranged union, Aslana. Set in North London, we watch the two families grow and evolve together as they struggle with culture, faith, history and identity.
A BOOK OR KINDLE?
Definitely a book, but Kindles are so convenient,
so I tend to use that more.
WHERE'S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO READ?
Reading on the beach on holiday is the best.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE?
That’s tricky, I love all genres but you can’t
beat a good love story.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST BOOK YOU BECAME OBSESSED WITH?
When I was younger I read Louise Rennison’s
Georgia Nicolson series over and over.
MY ALL-TIME FAVOURITE BOOK IS...
The Great Gatsby, it’s a classic.
WHO'S YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR?
At the moment it’s Ali Smith, but
Margaret Atwood is an all-time favourite.
THE BOOK I’VE READ THE MOST TIMES…
Probably Jane Eyre, because
I’ve had to study it a lot.
THE BOOK I ALWAYS RECOMMEND TO OTHERS…
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
by Moshin Hamid
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