5 Audiobooks To Tune Into Now

Audiobooks offer not only an effortless way to work through your reading list—but they’re also a unique experience in their own right thanks to the selection of narrations on offer nowadays; from celebrities reading their own biographies to your favourite authors themselves. Perfect for multi-tasking, you can listen to stories whilst relaxing in the garden, cooking, exercising or walking. Get started with these five recommendations for an instant escape this summer – from fiction to educational non-fiction selections.

Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

Based on the heart-breaking true story of Cilka Klein, Cilka’s Journey is the sequel to the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Tattooist of Auschwitz and it is a powerful testament to the triumph of the human will.

In 1942 Cilka Klein was just 16 years old when she was taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp but learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.

After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator by the Russians and sent to a desolate, brutal prison camp in Siberia known as Vorkuta, inside the Arctic Circle.

Innocent, imprisoned once again, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar – each day is a battle for survival. Cilka befriends a woman doctor and learns to nurse the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under unimaginable conditions. And when she tends to a man called Alexandr, Cilka finds that despite everything, there is room in her heart for love.

Letter to My Younger Self by Jane Graham

If you could write a letter to your younger self, what would it say? Over 10 years ago, The Big Issue began to ask some of the most interesting and successful figures in entertainment, politics, food, sport and business to give advice and offer hope to their younger selves. They opened up, in ways they never had, reflecting on their lives and themselves with affection, sympathy and sometimes disbelief.

This collection of 100 of the most incredible letters includes Paul McCartney on how he found inspiration, Olivia Colman on overcoming confidence problems, Mo Farah on the importance of losing, Arianna Huffington on knowing your motivations, Jamie Oliver on trusting your instinct and many more, including Rod Stewart, Margaret Atwood, Buzz Aldrin, David Cameron, Dionne Warwick and Ewan McGregor.

The Future We Choose by Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac

If you’re looking to educate yourself more on climate crises and environmentalism, this is the audiobook for you.

The Future We Choose is a passionate call to arms from former UN Executive Secretary for Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, and Tom Rivett-Carnac, senior political strategist for the Paris Agreement. It teaches us that we are still able to stave off the worst and manage the long-term effects of climate change, but we have to act now.

A Small Guide To The Universe by Ella Frances Sanders

Have you ever found yourself wondering what we might have in common with stars or why the Moon never leaves us?

From the New York Times bestselling creator of Lost in Translation, A Small Illustrated Guide to the Universe is a delicately existential and welcoming exploration of the cosmos – one that examines and marvels at the astonishing principles, laws and phenomena that we exist alongside, that surround us.

Our world is full of unshakeable mystery, and although we live in a civilisation more complicated than ever, there is beauty and reassurance to be found in knowing how and why.

The Foundling by Stacey Halls

In London, 1754, six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London’s Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst, that Clara has died in care, she is astonished when she is told she has already claimed her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl – and why.

Less than a mile from Bess’s lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend – an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital – persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.


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