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Fiction

Listed for Charlotte Mendelson’s Exhibitionist Women’s Award, it is a dark funny portrait of a dysfunctional family that has been crooked by its narcissistic patriarchal artist for decades, and happens when his wife doesn’t crush her creative energies. On the same subject : After COVID, South Korean youth investors exchanged professional shares. Wise, wasp and emotionally wise, reading is addictive.

Mick HerronHerron’s Bad Actors is a playful season in the eighth outing for MI5’s ragged group of staggered actors. The Russians are still playing dirty, and a member of a thinktank is disappearing, at the heart of the government in a stalk of political cynicism and incompetence. Fast, funny, angry, and worthy of acceptance for the irreplaceable line, “Don’t bring a spear to a knife fight.”

Ali SmithSmith’s Companion Piece follows his seasonal quartet of the damage the blockade has done to all of us — increasing loss, sadness, isolation, and intolerance — packed with natural magic and suggesting how to close social distance through moments of connection. and community.

The masterful sequel to Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life by To Paradise offers three books in a single. A fragile and rich young man seeks love in the nineteenth century with a gender relationship. in nineteenth-century New York; A young Hawaiian is full of childhood memories at the height of the AIDS crisis; pandemics form a dark future in the age of totalitarianism. Yanagihara measures harm and privilege — social, emotional, political, colonial — in an engaging and immersive journey through alternative America.

Janice Hallett’s Twyford Code The Appeal, about the murder in a whispered playwright-drama community, was told via email; this delicate but tender follow-up uses voice transcription sensibly. Steven has always loved codes and puzzles; it will now have to unravel the mystery of a lost childhood memory, following in the footsteps of Enid Blyton’s children’s style children’s books. In this clever treasure hunt there are games inside the games, but the real excitement is at the center.

In this heir to Glory NoViolet Bulawayo’s Zimbabwe Animal Farm, inspired by the fall of Robert Mugabe, the Old Horse and his wife, Marvelous the Donkey, are related and the resulting chaos is related through a chorus of animal voices. A terrifying satire of tyranny, oppression and rebellion of global importance.

Vladimir, Julia May Jonas is the wife of an English literature teacher who is embarrassed to sleep with her students by a beautiful young colleague who finds her excited about this sweet dark American debut. The tumultuous novel on campus, with an incredibly sharp narrator, offers uncomfortable truths about the internalized misogyny and creative frustration.

Sea of ​​Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel How does a distant event in a Canadian forest relate to present-day New York, and then to an investigation of the laws of 23rd-century physics? An elegantly narrated thread by the author of Station Eleven covers time travel, pandemics, lunar colonies, and the tribulations of author travel.

Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House – Would you upload your memories if you got access to others? A Visit from the Goon Squad’s novel is a clever and inventive exploration of our increasingly connected and cared-for society and individual longing for privacy and meaning.

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi’s multi-talented Emezi has written a modern love story for the beach, full of deep trauma, forbidden love, great friendships, great life adventures and many hobbies.

Douglas Stuart’s Young Mungo Booker win Shuggie Bain’s sequel focuses on a gay boy who grows up in an impoverished and oppressive Glasgow. Mungo finds love and hope throughout the religious part in a passionate, heartbreaking, and emotionally moving novel.

Gillian McAllister’s Wrong Place, Wrong TimeHow can you prevent a murder that has already happened? In this time-turning thriller that turns the page, a woman sees her beloved teenage son stabbing a stranger on the street, and then wakes up in each new day of the past, looking for clues about his motivation and how to change the future. . An intelligent puzzle full of heart and common sense.

This unique debut novel, Louise Kennedy’s Trespasses, the story of a secret story between a young Catholic in Belfast in the 1970s and an old married Protestant, sheds light on ordinary lives in extraordinary times. Kennedy gives a safe and light touch to the destructive material.

Reward System Jem Calder Appointments, Drinks, Work, Disorders … Precarious young people live under an algorithm in these updated stories of a spectacular new voice.

Amy & amp; Sadie Jones’s view of a Labor Life experiment is the vision of a child in which urban families come together to create a rural farm. Jones makes Amy and Lan his best friend ventriloquist, going from young children to teenagers. It expresses a passionate attachment to the freedom of unusual education and a deep connection to nature, along with the doubts and betrayals of adults that occur outside the stage.

Here Goes Nothing Steve Toltz’s Cynical Unbeliever finds himself in the afterlife; Meanwhile, returning to Earth, his killer is comfortable with his widow and a pandemic threatens civilization itself … The latest novel by the writer A Fraction of the Whole burns them with black comedy and anarchic energy.

Hervé le Teller’s Anomaly, translated by Adriana Hunter. A plane and all its passengers somehow double down after the turbulence of the flight. So who is, and what, real? This high-concept SF thriller is incredibly fun: the award-winning Frenchman enjoys Oulipia’s theory and literary jokes in the form of a page-turner that takes away existential questions.

Once again, from Marian Keyes to Rachel’s Holiday a quarter of a century, this honest sequel will bring the reader together with Keyes ’beloved hero as he explores the midst of trials and transformations.

Fighting out of Fight Night by Miriam Toews for being dropped out of school, nine-year-old Swiv has to take care of her troubled and pregnant mother and her irrevocable grandmother, and in return has to accept their care, even though she is angry. As always, the Canadian novelist Toews combines tragedy and humor in a love letter to enthusiastic women.

Moses McKenzie’s An Olive Grove in Ends A young black man in Bristol has decided to shut himself out of inner poverty and hope: but will drugs, violence, faith or love be the way to fulfill it? An attractive and octane premiere with its own melodies and style.

Colin Barrett’s Homerockness It’s been eight years since Young Skins were awarded, but this second collection of stories is worth the wait. Funny, destructive, slow-burning, these understated stories of the misfortunes and misfortunes of a small Irish town are elegantly written.

I’m Sorry You Feel That Way by Rebecca Wait’s Toxic Mothers, Absent Fathers, Angry Sisters, and Angry Brothers — this sharp, wise comedy explores difficult family dynamics, ranging from related emotional patterns to inexplicable agonies of mental illness; however, it’s also one of the funniest novels you’ll read this year.

Monica Ali’s Love Marriage Culture, Personality, Clash of Hopes: Brick Lane’s author is a warm and rough panorama of modern Britain, seen through the rocky engagement of two doctors and the explosive combination of their very different families.

Turning Gary Shteyngart’s sour, absurd, and dark comedian into Our Country Friends, Shteyngart’s “blocking novel” is always — like Chekhov’s riff — very humane. A group of friends fleeing a New York state home aims to prevent the virus, but they can’t escape the entanglements and rivalry that have determined their relationship, and the arrival of a famous stranger provides significant relief.

Nominated for Deesha Philyaw’s The Secret Lives of Church Ladies for the U.S. National Book Award, these moving short stories are based on the sex lives of several black women in the southern United States, along with all their desires, embarrassments, and fears. Philyaw expertly breaks the line between humor and heartbreak in stories where you want to be a wolf.

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Nonfiction

The Hope Effect: How Can Your Mindset Transform Your Life David Robson’s worries about Dementia give you more opportunities to achieve this? What if stress isn’t the fear that can cause us so much trouble? Robson examines recent research to find out how our expectations shape us, with tips for applying his perspectives to our lives. To see also : The politics of healthy aging: myths and facts.

Oded Galor’s Journey to Humanity In a time of relentless bad news, economist Oded Galor offers an antidote to doomscrolling. The belief that our future is pretty rosy is based on data on economic development that suggests technological progress and declining fertility, that we will not be able to feed the world, that we can fix it soon.

White Debt: Thomas HardingHarding’s ancestors benefited from the Demera Uprising and the Slavery Succession of Great Britain, but were also victims of Nazi persecution. “If I were to identify myself as a victim in my father’s family, if I was willing to receive compensation from the German government, then I would better understand Britain’s role in slavery,” he wrote. His book sheds light on a key moment in colonial history.

How the Civil Wars Begin: and How to Stop Them Barbara F Walter is a horrific warning from a leading U.S. political scientist. Looking at the world, Walter sets out the hallmarks of anocracy, a transitional stage between democracy and autocracy that nation-states enter before the start of the civil war. America, he warns, is approaching dangerously.

Reality +: Virtual Worlds and the Problem of Philosophy David Chalmers ’brilliantly attractive philosopher confronts the question of whether we live in a simulation, and wonders if that would matter: virtual worlds created by computers, he thinks, can be. As fulfilling and meaningful as “real” life.

Everything Is True: A Junior Doctor’s Story in a Time of Pandemic by Roopa Farooki’s account of the first 40 days of the UK’s pandemic blockade by a first-hand witness. Farooki, the novelist, finished medical school a few months before the coronavirus appeared and was found on the front line of an unprecedented medical emergency.

Katherine RundellDonne’s Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne expanded her new writings on sex, love, faith, and death; this brilliant biography of the metaphysical poet who became a preacher illuminates a time of plague, persecution, and great existential change.

The Go-Between: A Memoir of Growing Up Between Different Worlds Osman Yousefzada’s beautifully grown memory of his growing up in a conservative Muslim community in Birmingham in the 1980s. Since childhood, Yousefzada has had access to secret worlds: seeing her mother sewing in a back room of the house was “like seeing a magician”. She grew up designing dresses for Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.

Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces 2004–2021 Margaret Atwood’s book The Third Essay will run from 2004 to 2021. His panoptic gaze takes 9/11, the Obama years, the financial crisis, Trump, #MeToo and the aftermath. The Covid-19 pandemic spread with wisdom and enthusiasm.

Bitch: A Revolutionary Guide to Sex, Evolution and the Female Animal by Lucy Cooke According to zoologist No Lucy Cooke, who studies the horrific sexual behavior of eleven animals, from lemurs to insects, raising the scientific biases of decades in the process.

The Man Who Tasted Words: Inside the Strange and Startling World of Our Senses by Dr. Guy Leschziner The neurologist Guy Leschziner vividly describes what happens when our senses malfunction, as in James’s strange case, when he hears the words “Tottenham Court Road” while tasting the whole English breakfast. However, the science behind everyday sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch is compelling.Last day’s Oliver Sacks, Leschziner brings to life the curiosities of our human abilities.

Tina Brownen The Palace Papers. The intrigue and scandal of the last few decades is a wonderful walk through the Windsor home, based on more than 100 court interviews and many other topics. Hard-core Republicans will also find it difficult to resist Brown’s quiet prose and juicy insights into the identities at the heart of this bizarre organization.

The Extraordinary Captives: A True Story of an Artist, a Spy and a Wartime Scandal by Simon Parkin As a result of Britain’s internalization policy during World War II, a bunch of European intellectuals gathered around the island in hardship. Of the man. There they created an informal “university” with lectures on Greek philosophy, Shakespeare, and the industrial use of synthetic fibers. Parkin follows the young German-Jewish refugee Peter Fleischmann as he navigates this strange strange world.

Metaphysical Animals: How Four Women Revived Philosophy Clare Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman were the cradle of a new kind of Oxford philosophy in World War II, and its greatest exponents were women. Mac Cumhaill and Wiseman tell the story of the work, life and loves of Elizabeth Anscombe, Iris Murdoch, Philippa Foot and Mary Midgley, who wanted to give a new emphasis to human values ​​in their field.

Esi EdugyanEdugyan’s elegant essays on the black identity and representation of Out of the Sun deal with empathy and nuance rather than controversy. Marie-Joseph Angélique, a slave woman accused of burning in Montreal, who is now allegedly being persecuted, considers questions raised by Rachel Dolezal’s proclamation of “transracialism” and portraits of artist Kehinde Wiley in a European way that centers on blacks. than white aristocrats.

In the Margins: The Pleasure of Reading and Writing In a series of Essays by Elena Ferrante, the famous elusive author of Neapolitan novels illuminates her literary development, starting with school notebooks. At first he seeks realism, trying to render his mother’s water ring, for example, as clean and straight as possible. Finally, through reading, he understands that “the narrator is always a distorting mirror”.

Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers Emma SmithSmith explores the physicality of books over the ages – “librarianship,” as she puts it – in this tribute to the tangible pleasures of reading. From Madame de Pompadour’s insistence on painting on the back of a book (an early example of a bookshelf) to the wrinkled covers of Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell’s local library, it’s full of historical nuggets.

One of Sam Knight’s The Premonitions Bureau One of the rarest books of the year tells the story of John Barker, a psychiatrist with an interest in the paranoia. After the Aberfan disaster, which many people predicted, Barker is asking for forecasts from citizens to see how many things there are. Some “fortune tellers” seem to have strange abilities, which interrupts Barker when one of them begins to make evil predictions about his fate.

Homelands: The History of a Friendship Chitra Ramaswamy sent an assignment to interview 97-year-old Holocaust survivor Henry Wuga, journalist Chitra Ramaswamy is fascinated by his past and will become two firm friends. As a result, the memory that tells the story of Ramaswamy is an exploration of migration, belonging, and what makes up the house.

Based on Jeffrey Boakye’s I Heard What You Said experience as a teacher, Jeffrey Boakye shows how schools have constantly left black boys and girls, leaving them disillusioned and demotivated. But Boakye also says the system changes all students because it doesn’t prepare them for life in a multicultural society. His recipe is radical listening: listening to what makes students feel internalized and reformulating teaching around it.

All in My Head by Jessica Morris is diagnosed with a brain tumor diagnosis by Jessica Morris, a British woman living in New York with her family. But not for long: as he has been told that his glioblastoma is incurable, he dedicates his great sense and determination to treating it. He lobbies Joe Biden and sets up OurBrainBank to help others pool their experiences and support research. But it’s a varnish-free account that means dealing with her mortality that makes All in My Head so moving.

The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires That Run the World by Oliver Milman They’re not always easy to like (Darwin wasn’t significantly surprised by the contributions of the rebellious parasitoid wasp), but insects are essential to living on Earth. From pollination to waste disposal, to pest control and nutrient recycling, they promote biological processes that allow the natural world – and human civilization – to flourish. The Milman Guardian reporter explains in fascinating detail, however, that they are under unprecedented threat as a result of habitat destruction and pesticide use.

I used to Live Here Once: The Haunted Life of Jean Rhys by Dominican author Miranda Seymour’s Dominican-born Wide Sargasso Sea marks the journey from the Caribbean to London and Devon, through a confusing affair and two marriages. Seymour carefully distinguishes the writer from his fictional protagonists: “At the center of Rhys’s life was his writing, a resource completely lacking in the lives of the women he described in his novels.”

David Sedaris’s Happy-Go-Lucky Like never before, Sedaris is able to land in his latest book of essays, landing his greatest strength in his relationship with his father, who died in 2021. Lou, a polite eccentric who is occasionally portrayed as a mystifier in his early works, appears after his death to have a vengeful and mischievous presence in his son’s life. What made him so, and can the scars he caused begin to heal now that he is gone?

Good Pop, Bad Pop: An Inventory by Jarvis CockerRifling through his attic, the former Pulp singer has begun to explore his influences and obsessions from object to object. Through them he tells the story of the first 25 years of his life in Sheffield, ending with a letter of acceptance from the Central Saint Martins School of Art in London and the promise of a new world.

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Paperbacks

Caleb Azumah Nelson’s Open Water London’s cloudy summer brings to life this award-winning debut about two young black artists: a race, a class and a sharp masculinity, but at its core a slow, beautifully told love story.

Gwendoline Riley’s My Phantoms. To see also : 8 (supposedly) damn books. Can you escape your demons when you are related to them? This funny and emotionally sharp portrait of a difficult mother-daughter relationship is as sharp as a knife, and deadly.

Colm Tóibín’s The Magician, winner of this year’s Folio Award, tells the story of German Nobel laureate Thomas Mann, an artist and individual, against two world wars and a confused world change.

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally RooneyLove, sex, fame, anxiety: four no longer so young friends negotiate the difficulties of modern life and what it means to be a couple.

Geetanjali Shree’s Tomb of Sand, translated by Daisy Rockwell is the wonderful story of an 80-year-old Indian woman who reinvents herself as the first winner of the International Booker Award to return from India.

Ruth Ozeki’s Book of Form and Void A confused teenager, mourning for his father, hears the voices of objects around him as his mother struggles with her instinct to save and give her freedom. This year’s Women’s Award is a wise and magical meditation to discover what is really important in the midst of the flood of modern life.

Four Thousand Weeks: Time and How to Use It This refreshing guide to intuition by Oliver Burkeman says that instead of trying to eliminate procrastination, we should embrace it; instead of planning everything within an inch of his life, we should understand that time is not really about “spending”.

Free Lea Ypi grew up an obedient Communist, a Albanian teenager, who witnessed the fall of the regime that Ypi defined as her life. Her memories describe the vertigo of seeing everything you considered normal disappear from the revelations of her family’s political secrets.

Named Seven and a Half Lessons about the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett as “The First Neuroscience Beach Read,” this digestive guide to the mind is subtly radical; instead of picking up on the notions of our “lizard brains” and “emotion centers,” it presents a revealing model of consciousness that will be completely new to most readers.

This Much Is True Thanks to the social media clips of Miriam Margolyes’ horrific anecdotes on Graham Norton’s couch, Margolyes is having some sort of renaissance. That’s a good thing; admired for years for his comic rotations on television and on stage, he is also an excellent storyteller.

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Children’s and YA

Jackie Morris’s Mrs Noah’s Song, illustrated by James Mayhew, brings Mrs Noah back into the world of music, teaching her children to sing and sharing the wonders of the dawn choir in this beautiful picture book with great poetic text and collage.

Today will be a great day! Author Slimy Oddity This slim guide to happiness, packed with a lovely rainbow-colored image of the Slimy Oddity collective art on Instagram, is full of short but resonant expressions (“Your past doesn’t define you”; “Know that you are loved”). give readers a gentle boost. Ideal for those with a pandemic Blues case.

Scram! Lauren Child’s bored Clarice Bean is bored with her summer vacation, until someone hairy hides in the garden shed. A fun and brilliantly illustrated story of a four-legged family secret for readers over the age of 7.

Michael Holland’s I Door Sunshine for Breakfast, illustrated by Philip Giordano for young botanists over the age of 7, this wonderful “plant celebration from around the world” is filled with bright graphic-style illustrations, complementing fascinating events and activities. Look at life cycles, make plant mazes or invisible ink, and learn how plants are used to start and travel from toothpaste.

Peter Carnavas’s My Brother Ben Together, Luke and Ben spend the summer happily in their different ways: Ben jumping into Cabbage Tree Creek, sketching Luke and seeing the birds. When Ben starts high school, the bonds between the brothers change, but despite a local competition straining their relationship, nothing can destroy their enduring love in this tender and timeless 8+ story.

Sleepover Takeover by Simon James Green, illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff, Dorky Otis is surprised to be invited to a rich child’s birthday party at Rocco Rococo. When she wakes up in her wedding dress to find a donkey drinking from a chocolate fountain, however, she realizes that something has gone wrong in this terribly hilarious joke between 9+.

Inspired by Emma Carroll’s much-loved Journey to the River Sea by Emma Carroll’s much-loved Eva Ibbotson, this thriving and exciting adventure follows Rosa Sweetman, a Kinderstransport girl, as she travels from England to the Amazon jungle, lazily looking for giants, jaguars and giant jaguars. a place, and on the way he encounters a desperate danger. An exciting and rich novel for the 9+ queen of historical fiction.

Finding Kelis RoweHome’s Jupiter vacation in Memphis, Ray is very busy governing the roller coaster, creating “found poetry” and figuring out his future to have time for a summer trip until he meets the hopeless romantic Orion. But will a secret mourning from the past separate the cross-star lovers? Strong characterizations and warm emotional depth mark this inspiring premiere of YA.

If You Still Recognize Me by Cynthia SoSchool ends, summer flashes, and 18-year-old Elsie decides to tell Adari, her love, how she feels; but Ada lives in the middle of the world, and Elsie’s long-lost best friend Joan has just returned to her life. A perfect exploration of identity, belonging, and the evolution of age, full of keen observation and the allure of slow love.

Sue Wallman Sue Wallman On a private island occupied by Privileged Liars, 17-year-old Lydia Cornwallis adapts to summer, eager to meet her elegant Harrington sisters. There’s only one small problem: Lydia isn’t Lydia, and the Harrington girls have to pay for what she’s done. Appearance, iron nerve and revenge YA thriller nails for fans of Karen M McManus and Holly Jackson.

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What are the top 10 books in 2021?

Here are the top 10 fiction books of 2021.

  • Clara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro. …
  • Open Water, Caleb Azumah Nelson. …
  • Afterparts, Anthony Veasna So. …
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land, Anthony Doerr. …
  • The Life of the Mind, Christine Smallwood. …
  • The Love Songs of W.E.B. …
  • Detransition, Baby, Torrey Peters. …
  • My Monticello, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson.

Is it good to read in the summer?

Summer reading is essential not only to help children sustain learning while they finish school, but also to promote socio-emotional development, learn about the joy of stories, and increase the importance of lifelong learning. Educators and parents agree on summer reading issues.

Do people read more in the summer? Between traveling and resting from home we have more time to keep reading. As the days get longer, five out of nine also have extra time to do serious (or light) reading before and after work.

Why should I read over the summer?

The loss of summer reading is a key factor that contributes to the difference in achievement between successful students and those who are struggling. Low-performing students are less likely to read outside of school. Those who are comfortable reading are more likely to choose playful reading as a summer activity.

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