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Book Lover’s Day

Book Lover’s Day – 5 Book recommendations (and a series)

It’s Book Lover’s Day.

What are you reading?
What would you recommend?

Books feed the soul and fire the imagination of generations.

So, what more can we do but provide some recommendations for you from our wonderful staff.

Here is Swain & Co Solicitors 5 recommended reads from staff, and why:

    • The Picture of Dorian Gray.  It is Oscar Wilde’s only novel and, as with most of his work, was badly received when published and it took a very long time before readers came to really appreciate it.  It is wonderfully dark and gothic - a tale of narcissism in its most extreme form and has many parallels with the way in which many people choose to live their lives today.  It is a timeless classic and I think one to recommend.
    • 100 year old who climbed out a window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
    • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – new series out on HBO but read the book first!!
    • The Danish Way of Parenting. Recommended when diagnosed with post natal depression. Danish are the happiest nation in the world. Why is that? This book is amazing and helps alleviate some of the parental guilt. A must read for any parent.
    • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – it’s about a woman who loses 10 years of her memory after an accident at the gym and I thought it was very intriguing and a real page turner.  The main character is very relatable and I was really rooting for her to have her happy ending.

Ok, this one is recommended Series! And comes with a very thorough reason:

“My favorite series of books would have to be Phillip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials', hands down! If you haven't read the series you may have seen the 2007 film 'The Golden Compass' which is based on the first book in the trilogy. Throughout the series we follow our heroine, Lyria Belacqua, and her beloved 'Dæmon' Pan. In a world where the inhabitants' souls take the physical form of animal companions; we learn about the true value of friendship and heroism as Lyra travels between worlds to save us all from a force threatening to destroy reality itself.

Wonderfully written by the author this series can be enjoyed first as a child and then again as an adult, when the more complex themes and backstories can be appreciated anew. I for one have read the entire series over and over again and it captivates me every time. Anybody looking to start on a series packed with adventure and intrigue should pick up a copy of the 'Northern Lights' and jump into the world (or more correctly worlds!) of 'His Dark Materials'.”

And here is what we are reading currently:

  • At the moment I am ready “This if going to hurt” by Adam Kay.  It is a memoire of his time as a junior doctor.  It is hilarious and desperately sad all at once.  I really great, easy read apart for the rather cruel description of Clinical Negligence lawyers!
  • Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Morairty.  It’s intrigued me and is building up suspense – I want to know what’s going on!
  • Peter Hamilton's 'Night's Dawn' trilogy; 'The Reality Dysfunction'. A self confessed sci-fi lover, this series with it's larger-than-life characters and a dark force threatening to end life in the universe as we now it, is one I just can't put down!


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