Picking up a good book is one of our favourite escapes, and a great way to relax after a long day at work and generally running around! Here are some of our latest favourite reads.

1. In A Land of Paper Gods - Rebecca Mackenzie

Set in 1940s China at a rural boarding school for British missionaries, this book shows you the world through a young Henrietta's eyes. It's a tumultuous time as the war starts and Etta's believe that she has a divine calling makes this a fascinating read.

2. Luckiest Girl Alive - Jessica Knoll

Ani FaNelli is supposedly living a dream life in New York with her fiancee and successful job, but her secret keeps bubbling at the surface and how she decides to play this out is what makes this a sharply written nove. The book became an instant New York Times Bestselling mystery novel and you can easily see why.

3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

Not a new book, but this classic is worth visiting/revisiting. The autobiographical book is the first in a volume of six written by the famed  author. The book beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s, though tragic events and the harshness of prejudice at the time also break the heart of any reader.

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4. The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

Set during World War II in France, this novel looks at heroine Isabelle who with grace and courage joins the Resistance. It is a "heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women".

5. The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood

This latest book by acclaimed author Margaret Atwood is about a young urban couple who after falling into bankruptcy join a "gated community" that seems to solve all their problems.  What follows is the unravelling of their lives at Consilience and a questioning of fundamental cornerstones such as freedom and surveillance.

6. Belgravia - Julian Fellowes

If you loved Downton Abbey this this book is for you. Fellows novel follows some of London's grandest families and a secret that must not be revealed. Set in the 1840s, this novel is also available as an app with optional interesting facts and knowledge available to those who want to delve further into this historical period.

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