Four of the Best Lockdown Reads

Rare Birds Book Club chooses four books especially for Capital.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo


Bernadine Evaristo’s Booker Award-winning Girl, Woman, Other is a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood. It’s a patchwork of over a dozen bright, smart and interesting characters, each with different backgrounds and their own story to tell. It’s warm, witty and covers difficult subjects with a light hand.

The First Time Lauren Pailing Died by Allyson Rudd


Lauren Pailing is 13 years old the first time she dies. Each time, new lives begin for the people she leaves behind, while Lauren enters an alternate reality where her life continues forward. But in each of Lauren’s lives, a man called Peter Stanning disappears and in each life, Lauren sets out to find him. This clever and inventive timeslip novel explores themes of life and loss and grief, showing us that every end is also a new beginning.

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


Delia Owens’s first novel was a runaway hit in the States and already looks to be just as popular in the UK. When local quarterback Chase Andrews is found dead in his hometown of Barkley Cove, suspicions turn to the local Marsh Girl, but Kya is not what she seems. Part courtroom drama, part coming-of-age story, this is one of those rare novels that’s both pacey and filled with beautiful prose.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley


A group of Uni friends travel to the Highlands to spend New Year at a remote hunting lodge – but when a dead body is found suddenly everyone’s a suspect. This brilliant whodunnit is perfect for Agatha Christie fans and is filled with a cast of characters who you’ll love to hate. When you’re finished, Lucy Foley’s latest crime thriller, The Guest List, is a great follow-on.

Rare Birds Book Club 

is a book subscription service founded on a simple principle: books should be fun to read. This bold online book club centred upon contemporary women’s fiction, selects only the very best pacey, interesting stories with gripping plotlines, amazing heroines, happyish endings, and – when the occasion calls for it – totally smouldering love interests. Now with the option to choose between two books every month – or even to upgrade to both – members will be racing to the online forum to connect with likeminded readers and discuss this month’s read. All the fun of a book club, without having to leave your chair.

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