16 April 2019
Forget hunting for chocolate eggs, we’ve put together a list of recommended reads to keep you busy this Easter weekend. From Man Booker favourites to captivating true stories, here is a selection of treats you can really gorge yourself on!
50 extraordinary new stories from The Moth
Storytelling phenomenon The Moth presents Occasional Magic, a selection of 50 of the finest true stories from recent shows featuring voices familiar and new. Alongside Neil Gaiman, Adam Gopnik, Andrew Solomon, Rosanne Cash, and Cristina Lamb, there are stories from around the world describing moments of strength, passion, courage and humour – and when a little magic happened.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
‘Destined to become a future classic … that rare book that should appeal to every kind of reader’ Guardian
When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, Washington Black – an eleven-year-old field slave – finds himself selected as personal servant to one of them, the eccentric Christopher ‘Titch’ Wilde .
Inspired by a true story, Washington Black is an extraordinary tale of a world destroyed and made whole again.
‘Brilliantly funny … the best satire of our contemporary nightmare that you will ever see, and very possibly the last’ Alan Moore
It’s 2019 and America is ruled over by a billionaire reality TV star. Its media is owned by a transnational class of the shameless and the depraved. And its people have been silently robbed of their wealth, their dignity and their democracy.
In this brave new world, going to see a superhero movie counts as activism, and arguing with the other serfs on social media is political engagement. BUT EVERYTHING’S FINE – as long as you never, ever ask yourself who makes money from the ticket sales and the ratings, or who owns Twitter.
A powerful fable about a surgeon negotiating the fine line between life and death
As dusk approaches, a former surgeon goes about closing up his dilapidated clinic in rural India. That night, as the surgeon completes his paperwork, he is visited by a family – a teacher, his heavily pregnant wife and their young son. Victims of a senseless attack, they reveal to the surgeon wounds that they could not possibly have survived.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2019 – a charming, playful, profound tale of lost souls in search of transformation in modern Japan
When Gilbert Silvester wakes one day from a dream that his wife has cheated on him, he flees – immediately, irrationally, inexplicably – for Japan.Serene, playful and profound, The Pine Islands is a story of the transformations we seek and the ones we find along the way.
A bittersweet story of clashing beliefs and confused identities from debut author Susan Finlay
Margaret O’Shea never thought she’d find herself praying for the life of an English soldier. But with her grandson Eoin fighting in Iraq, Margaret can’t do anything but say the rosary and hope that he comes home unscathed. His fiancée Katarzyna is a good Catholic girl, even if she goes to Nottingham’s Polish church rather than its Irish one. What Margaret doesn’t know is that Kathy’s way of coping with Eoin’s absence goes beyond prayer or reading horoscopes.
Her friend David has been studying Chaos Magic to distract himself from his new post-PhD career selling figurines of rat men to acne-ridden teenagers and wants Kathy to participate in his Rite of Internet Love. But everyone gets more chaos than they bargained for when a video of a wounded Iraqi and a soldier who looks a lot like Eoin starts circulating. This is a sharp, wry and moving debut novel about love, faith and what normal people do when they don’t have any of the answers.