Whistles Book Club: Six Easter holiday reads


It is now officially spring and as we unpack our summer wardrobes and book our trips away we thought we’d offer some literary inspiration in time for the holidays.

Whether you’re off on a weekend city break with friends, or have opted for a luxurious long haul trip for two weeks of sun, here’s our rundown of the best books to take with you this Easter…

The long one...
The Good People by Hannah Kent

Long haul flight booked? Then this is the novel for you. Rumours are circulating that Nóra’s young grandson Micheál, who cannot speak or walk, is a changeling child who is bringing bad luck to the valley. From the bestselling author of Burial Rites, The Good People is both terrifying and thrilling in equal measure.

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The short one...
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

Quick enough to read on a two-hour plane journey, The End We Start From is a dystopian novel about new motherhood, set in London as the city is submerged below floodwaters. This gripping short story sees Londoners become refugees fleeing the familiar, which has become dangerous and unstable. And yet, though the country is falling apart around them, this family’s world sings with new life and hope.

The easy read...
City of Friends by Joanna Trollope

City of Friends is the story of four successful London women who have been friends since university. When Stacey’s redundancy forces a betrayal to emerge that was supposed to remain secret, problems quickly arise in the friendship group. This is the heartbreaking story of four women battling the problems of modern life, careers and friendship.

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The guilty pleasure...
The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is a gripping and chilling debut psychological thriller, based on the fallout following an unforgiveable lie. Frances explores the charged relationship between girlfriend, boyfriend and his mother, and locates it in an extreme but believable setting. A perfect poolside read - if you liked Girl on a Train, you’re going to love this.

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The one with takeaway value...
How to Have a Good Day by Caroline Webb

In How to Have a Good Day, economist Caroline Webb lets us in to the secrets of being at our best every day. Filled with stories of people who have used Webb's insights to boost their job satisfaction and performance at work, this book will transform your approach to working life.

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The educational one...
How Emotions Are Made by Lisa Feldman Barrett

 When you feel anxious, angry, happy, or surprised, what's really going on inside you? Emotions don't exist objectively in nature, Barrett explains, and they aren't pre-programmed in our brains and bodies; rather, they are psychological experiences that each of us constructs based on our unique personal history, physiology and environment.  Get down to some serious science this Easter and discover the secret life of the brain.

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