Make the Most Of Winter With These Bestsellers
On days that you just want to snuggle up to a good book with a hot cup of coffee, consider these wonderful reads:
Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, And Courage (Virgin Books)
Vividly written by Richard Stengel, Mandela's Way is a rich tribute to the former South African president. Stengel uses his collaboration with Mandela and over 70 hours of interviews with the legendary leader to offer a revelatory account of Mandela’s childhood, imprisonment, relationships, and political philosophy. The book is an inspiring philosophical guide that will impact your worldview.
Getting Over Mr. Right (Hodder & Stoughton)
A witty novel by Chrissie Manby along the lines of a romantic comedy, Getting over Mr. Right will resonate with you if you’ve recently had your heart broken. Cheerful and comforting to read, the novel tells the story of a girl who does some insane things after her boyfriend suddenly breaks up with her. Getting over Mr. Right is an entertaining quick read that will crack you up with its charming craziness.
The Long Song (Headline Review)
Another gem from prizewinning author Andrea Levy (Small Island), The Long Song tells the story of a woman named July, who is taken as a slave at a young age. Interwoven within the plot is a scathing satire of racism, classism, greed, and slavery. The novel will surprise you with its well-crafted plot, and July’s optimism and resilience will inspire you.
Present Danger (Quercus)
This page turner by Stella Rimington is guaranteed to keep you engrossed as MI5 agent Liz Carlyle fights organized crime in Northern Ireland. Rimington is a former MI5 head, so this taut action-packed thriller rings with authenticity and has a tense yet credible plot. Rimington’s characters are realistically developed and the subplot of romantic tension makes Present Danger an absorbing read.
A Matter of Loyalty (Simon & Schuster)
A Matter of Loyalty by Sandra Howard is masterfully conceptualized and dexterously written. Howard is a keen observer and uses her perspective as a political insider to bring complexity and great detailing to her novels. The main plot centres around a terrorist attack in London and Home Secretary Victoria Osborne whose daughter becomes passionately involved with a young Muslim journalist.
The Other Family (Doubleday)
This latest offering from bestselling author Joanna Trollope is a testament to her ability for creating wonderfully complex and identifiable characters. The Other Family is about a man who begins a relationship with a woman without divorcing his wife. He has children with both women and his sudden death embroils both his families in legal problems, tensions, resentments, and misunderstandings. An elegantly written novel about love, loss and the gray shades of life.
A Million Miles from Normal (Penguin)
A Million Miles from Normal is Paige Nick’s debut novel and it reminds you of classic feel-good romantic comedies. It is a cleverly written novel that sweeps the reader into the world of Rachel Marcus who gets fired and dumped in quick succession and moves to the Big Apple to start afresh and prove that she has what it takes to survive in the big bad world.