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books featured in episode six

  • Lowborn

    by Kerry Hudson

    Category: Biography & Memoirs, Non-fiction, Current Affairs 
    Imprint: Chatto & Windus
    Publisher: Vintage Publishing
    Publication date: 7 May 2019
    ISBN: 9781784742454

    Lowborn is Kerry's exploration of where she came from. She revisits the towns she grew up in to try to discover what being poor really means in Britain today and whether anything has changed. She also journeys into the hardest regions of her own childhood, because sometimes in order to move forwards we first have to look back.

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  • The Farm

    by Joanne Ramos

    Category: General & Literary Fiction, Fiction, Non-fiction, Psychology 
    Imprint:
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date: 7 May 2019
    ISBN: 9781526605252

    Life is a lucrative business, as long as you play by the rules... Ambitious businesswoman Mae Yu runs Golden Oaks - a luxury retreat transforming the fertility industry. There, women get the very best of everything: organic meals, fitness trainers, daily massages and big money. Provided they dedicate themselves to producing the perfect baby.

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  • A Woman of Firsts

    by Edna Adan Ismail, Wendy Holden

    Category: Biography & Memoirs, Non-fiction, Family & Health 
    Imprint: HQ
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
    Publication date: 5 Mar 2020
    ISBN: 9780008305383

    A Woman of Firsts is the inspirational story of a remarkable daughter, nurse and First Lady. The indomitable Edna Adan Ismail survived imprisonment, persecution, and civil war to become a pioneering politician, a leading light in the World Health Organisation, and a global campaigner for women’s rights.

     

  • The Handmaid's Tale

    by Margaret Atwood

    Category: General & Literary Fiction, Fiction 
    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    Publisher: Vintage Publishing
    Publication date: 22 May 2017
    ISBN: 9781784873189

    DISCOVER the BESTSELLING DYSTOPIAN NOVEL behind the AWARD-WINNING TV SERIES Second season now airing on Channel 4 starring Elisabeth Moss. The official TV tie-in edition of The Handmaid's Tale, with a new introduction from Margaret Atwood 'I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow'

  • Milkman

    by Anna Burns

    Category: General & Literary Fiction, Fiction 
    Imprint:
    Faber & Faber
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Publication date: 17 May 2018
    ISBN: 9780571342730

    But when first brother-in-law, who of course had sniffed it out, told his wife, her first sister, to tell her mother to come and have a talk with her, middle sister becomes 'interesting'.

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  • The Miniaturist

    by Jessie Burton

    Category: General & Literary Fiction, Fiction 
    Imprint:
    Picador
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Publication date: 1 Jan 2015
    ISBN: 9781447250937

    The sensational debut novel that became a Sunday Times No.1 bestseller and took the world by storm. On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways . . .

  • Queenie

    by Candice Carty-Williams

    Category: General & Literary Fiction, Fiction 
    Imprint: Trapeze
    Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
    Publication date: 11 Apr 2019
    ISBN: 9781409180050

    A darkly comic and unflinchingly raw depiction of a young woman trying to navigate her way in the world, QUEENIE is about identity, independence and carving your own path. For fans of Dolly Alderton, Bryony Gordon and Dawn O'Porter, and anyone who loved Fleabag and Dear White People.

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  • Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me

    by Kate Clanchy

    Category: Biography & Memoirs, Non-fiction 
    Imprint:
    Picador
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Publication date: 4 Apr 2019
    ISBN: 9781509840298

    By telling the stories of some of the kids she's taught, as well as her own, Kate Clanchy (MBE) offers a candid, funny and moving insight into life in British state schools today.

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  • Toffee

    by Sarah Crossan

    Category: Children's 
    Imprint:
    Bloomsbury YA
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date: 2 May 2019
    ISBN: 9781408868126

    The astonishing new novel from the incomparable, multi-award-winning and Laureate Sarah Crossan. I am not who I say I am, and Marla isn't who she thinks she is. I am a girl trying to forget. She is a woman trying to remember. Allison has run away from home and with nowhere to live finds herself hiding out in the shed of what she thinks is an abandoned house. But the house isn't empty. An elderly woman named Marla, with dementia, lives there - and she mistakes Allison for an old friend from her past called Toffee.

     

     

  • One

    by Sarah Crossan

    Category: Children's 
    Imprint: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date: 27 Aug 2015
    ISBN: 9781408863114

    Grace and Tippi are twins - conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change. No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world - a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love? But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined... From Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this moving and beautifully crafted novel about identity, sisterhood and love ultimately asks one question: what does it mean to want and have a soulmate? Shortlisted for The CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2016

  • Kiss Kiss

    by Roald Dahl

    Category: General & Literary Fiction, Fiction 
    Imprint:
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date: 31 Aug 2011
    ISBN: 9780241955345

    What could go wrong when a wife pawns the mink coat that her lover gave her as a parting gift? What happens when a priceless piece of furniture is the subject of a deceitful bargain? Can a wronged woman take revenge on her dead husband? This title deals with these questions.

  • Common People

    by Kit de Waal, Malorie Blackman, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Lisa McInerney

    Category: Biography & Memoirs, Non-fiction, Current Affairs 
    Imprint: Unbound
    Publisher: Unbound
    Publication date: 1 May 2019
    ISBN: 9781783527458

    A celebration of working-class voices, bringing together established and emerging writers including Kit de Waal, Malorie Blackman, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Louise Doughty and Lisa McInerney.

  • The Collector

    by John Fowles

    Category: General & Literary Fiction, Fiction 
    Imprint:
    Vintage Classics
    Publisher: Vintage Publishing
    Publication date: 5 Feb 2004
    ISBN: 9780099470472

    Discover John Fowles' compelling classic first novel. 'Short and spare and direct, an intelligent thriller with psychological and social overtones' Sunday TimesWithdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs.

  • Naturally Tan

    by Tan France

    Category: Biography & Memoirs, Non-fiction, Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle 
    Imprint: Virgin Books
    Publisher: Ebury Publishing
    Publication date: 16 May 2019
    ISBN: 9780753553718

    In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France, star of Netflix's Emmy award-winning Queer Eye, tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of colour in South Yorkshire.

  • Our Souls At Night

    by Kent Haruf

    Category: General & Literary Fiction, Fiction 
    Imprint:
    Picador
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Publication date: 27 Jul 2017
    ISBN: 9781509854110

    Adapted into a Netflix film, Our Souls at Night is a stunning novel about finding happiness later in life, from the Folio Prize-shortlisted author of Plainsong, Eventide and Benediction.

     

  • Benediction

    by Kent Haruf

    Category: General & Literary Fiction, Fiction 
    Imprint: Picador
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Publication date: 27 Feb 2014
    ISBN: 9781447227533

    Following the astonishing Plainsong and Eventide, this is Kent Haruf's third novel set in the imaginary landscape of Holt, Colorado.

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  • Hard Pushed: A Midwife's Story

    by Leah Hazard

    Category: Children's 
    Imprint: Walker Books Ltd
    Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
    Publication date: 7 May 2015
    ISBN: 9781406361803

    The bestselling novel about love, loss and hope from the twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness, soon to be a major motion picture.

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  • Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma

    by Kerry Hudson

    Category: General & Literary Fiction, Fiction 
    Imprint: Vintage
    Publisher: Vintage Publishing
    Publication date: 4 Jul 2013
    ISBN: 9780099554622

    When Janie Ryan is born, she is destined to be the latest in a long line of Aberdeen fishwives. Ahead of her lies a life filled with feckless men, filthy council flats and bread & marge sandwiches. But Janie isn't like the rest of them. She wants a different life. And Janie, born and bred for combat, is ready to fight for it.

  • Thirst

    by Kerry Hudson

    Category: General & Literary Fiction, Fiction 
    Imprint:
    Vintage
    Publisher: Vintage Publishing
    Publication date: 16 Jul 2015
    ISBN: 9780099589891

    From the prize-winning author of Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma Winner of the Prix Femina EtrangerLondon, in the frayed heat of summer. Heart-wrenching' Independent on SundayShortlisted for the Prix Femina Prize

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  • Daisy Jones and The Six

    by Taylor Jenkins Reid

    Category: General & Literary Fiction, Fiction, Romance 
    Imprint: Hutchinson
    Publisher: Cornerstone
    Publication date: 7 Mar 2019
    ISBN: 9781786331502

    Daisy Jones is an instant icon.' ERIN KELLY"DAISY JONES & THE SIX is a transporting novel - at once a love story, a glimpse into the combustible inner workings of a rock-and-roll band, and a pitch-perfect recreation of the music scene of the Fleetwood Mac era.

     

  • This is Going to Hurt

    by Adam Kay

    Category: Biography & Memoirs, Non-fiction 
    Imprint: Picador
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Publication date: 19 Apr 2018
    ISBN: 9781509858637

    The often hilarious, at times horrifying and occasionally heartbreaking diaries of a former junior doctor, and the story of why he decided to hang up his stethoscope.

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  • The Doll Factory

    by Elizabeth Macneal

    Category: Historical Fiction & Sagas, Fiction, Thrillers, Romance 
    Imprint:
    Picador
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Publication date: 23 Apr 2019
    ISBN: 9781529002393

    The Doll Factory, the debut novel by Elizabeth Macneal, is a story of art, obsession and possession set in Victorian London.

     

  • Underland: A Deep Time Journey

    by Robert Macfarlane

    Category: Non-fiction 
    Imprint: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
    Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date: 2 May 2019
    ISBN: 9780241143803

    The highly anticipated new book from the internationally bestselling, prize-winning author of Landmarks, The Lost Words and The Old Ways Discover the hidden worlds beneath our feet... In Underland, Robert Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland's glaciers, to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deep-time voyage into the planet's past and future.

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  • Grumpycorn

    by Sarah McIntyre

    Category: Children's 
    Imprint: Scholastic
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Publication date: 2 May 2019
    ISBN: 9781407180823

    Unicorn wants to write the most fabulous story in the world. He has a fancy notebook. A special fluffy pen. He has everything just perfect. But Unicorn has NO IDEA what to write! When his friends try to join in, will Unicorn turn into a ... GRUMPYCORN? A must-have unicorn picture book treat from the bestselling, award-winning Sarah McIntyre.

  • The Suitcase

    by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

    Category: Children's 
    Imprint: Nosy Crow Ltd
    Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
    Publication date: 2 May 2019
    ISBN: 9781788004480

    When a strange-looking animal arrives pulling a big suitcase, the other animals are curious. But when the animals break into the suitcase and discover a very special photograph, they begin to understand what the strange creature has been through, and together they create a very special welcome present . .

  • Dear Mrs Bird

    by AJ Pearce

    Category: Historical Fiction & Sagas, Fiction 
    Imprint: Picador
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Publication date: 5 Apr 2018
    ISBN: 9781509853892

    An irresistibly funny, charming and moving debut from a sensational talent, one of the best-loved and most talked about books of the year

  • What Red Was

    by Rosie Price

    Category: General & Literary Fiction, Fiction 
    Imprint: Harvill Secker
    Publisher: Vintage Publishing
    Publication date: 9 May 2019
    ISBN: 9781787301382

    `How do you know my name?'Through their four years at university, Kate and Max are inseparable. But loving Max means knowing his family, the wealthy Rippons, all generosity, social ease and quiet repression.

  • Reasons to be Cheerful

    by Nina Stibbe

    Category: General & Literary Fiction, Fiction, Romance 
    Imprint: Viking
    Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date: 28 Mar 2019
    ISBN: 9780241240526

    'Funny, charming, odd-in-the-best-way and gorgeously uplifting! A delight from start to finish' Marian Keyes

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  • Malamander

    by Thomas Taylor, George Ermos

    Category: Children's 
    Imprint: Walker Books Ltd
    Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
    Publication date: 1 May 2019
    ISBN: 9781406386288

    Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous Malamander creep... Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy - especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl. No one knows what happened to Violet Parma's parents twelve years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her find them, the pair discover that their disappearance might have something to do with the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander. Eerie-on-Sea has always been a mysteriously chilling place, where strange stories seem to wash up. And it just got stranger...

  • Six Tudor Queens: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets

    by Alison Weir

    Category: Historical Fiction & Sagas, Fiction 
    Imprint: Headline Review
    Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
    Publication date: 2 May 2019
    ISBN: 9781472227720

    The fourth spectacular novel in the highly acclaimed SIX TUDOR QUEENS series by historian and Sunday Times bestselling author, Alison Weir.

     

  • Mrs Hemingway

    by Naomi Wood

    Category: General & Literary Fiction, Fiction 
    Imprint: Picador
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Publication date: 1 Jan 2015
    ISBN: 9781447226888

    The story of the most famous writer of his generation and the four extraordinary women who married him.

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