These are our picks for the books to read in April.
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
The international bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible returns with a timely novel that interweaves the personal with the political, the past with the present, and fact with fiction. Set in parallel timelines – the 1860s and the present day –
Unsheltered ($32.99) is the story of two families that live in the same house more than a century apart, navigating the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. A truly unforgettable novel, which explores our capacity
for resilience and compassion in times of great upheaval.
The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan, $32.99
Set in contemporary Ireland, The Scholar ($32.99) is a gripping follow-up to McTiernan’s debut crime novel The Ruin, featuring the enigmatic DS Cormac Reilly. When Reilly’s girlfriend Dr Emma Sweeney stumbles across a murdered girl outside the pharmaceutical lab where she works, Reilly is assigned to investigate the people involved, including star witness Emma. The Scholar is a tightly plotted, fast-paced read with enough twists to keep you guessing right to the end.
The Binding by Bridget Collins, $32.99
A spellbinding tale set in a world where painful memories can be forgotten forever – if they are bound in a book. When a reluctant bookbinder’s apprentice discovers a book with his own name on it, his world is turned upside down. What – or whom – did he choose to forget? The Binding ($32.99) will enthral you.
The Favourite by Ophelia Field
Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, was glamorous, controversial, politically influential and an intimate of Queen Anne – until she became her blackmailer. This masterful biography, The Favourite ($22.99) now a major film, is the scandalous true story of a woman who cared intensely about how she’d be remembered.
Quitting Plastic by Clara Williams Roldan and Louise Williams
This easy-to-follow guide is for anyone who wants to reduce plastic in their life. Starting with changes that are small and easy to make, Quitting Plastic ($19.99) offers tips and advice on all areas of the house as well as answers the tricky questions: how will I wash my hair, and what about my bin liner?
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