What we’re reading: A.J. Finn, Ruth Jones & Sally Piper

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to.


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Nina Kenwood is reading The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Some people hate marketing hype, and turn away from any book being talked up as the Next Big Thing. Publishers, take note: that is not me. I love hype. I love knowing what books publishers and early readers are excited about. But when The Woman in the Window was being spruiked as the thriller of the year, I was a little hesitant because of how close the title is to The Girl on the Train – not to mention they both also happen to feature unreliable protagonist with a drinking problem who witnesses Something Bad.

But I am happy to report that The Woman in the Window is extremely enjoyable and quite different to The Girl on the Train. If you’re looking for a well-written, interesting and occasionally sad psychological thriller, this is a very good one.


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Lian Hingee is reading Never Greener by Ruth Jones

A few years ago my partner introduced me to the warm-hearted British series, Gavin & Stacey. This award-winning comedy was a co-creation from James Corden and Ruth Jones, both of whom also star in the series (as Smithy and Nessa respectively). Now, Jones has turned her not inconsiderable writing talents to fiction, reworking an old screenplay into a debut novel about love, life, and second chances, Never Greener. I’ve only just started it, but it’s very much like being back in the world of Gavin & Stacey, sharing the same irreverent humour, crew of motley characters, and down-to-earth dialogue. Jones has a great grasp on mise-en-scene – well-honed from nearly 20 years writing for TV – and the action in Never Greener plays out just like a film. It’s the perfect fun read for a rainy afternoon.


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Chris Gordon has a number of books on the go

I’m making my way through an early copy of Sally Piper’s The Geography of Friendship (available July). This book makes for absolutely tantalising reading. Back in their twenties, Samantha, Lisa and Nicole went on a five-day hike together and the events of this trip have haunted them ever since. Now in their forties, these estranged friends decide to revisit their original hike in an attempt to salvage what they lost. This is quite a spooky and utterly engaging story. I’m at a point where I simply need to know what happens next…

I’m also reading my way through the excellent Best of New York magazine. I picked up a copy because I was interested in an article titled ‘How to Raise a Boy’, but there are plenty of other excellent articles to be found here. The pieces explore a variety of topics, including the ribbing of Trump, women and their rage, and various other titbits on what’s happening on the other side of the world.

Finally, with winter approaching, I recently brought myself The New Bohemians Handbook, which has trillions of reasons why my place needs a makeover. While not every chapter sparks my interest (I’m a no for crystals) I’ve found great ideas on placement, colours, fabrics, and, of course, indoor plants. This book is a whole lot of fun in one beautiful package and there’s nothing I love more than a good old-fashioned re-arrange.

The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window

A. J. Finn

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