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7 Books to read this spring

7 Books to read this spring

Spring is just around the corner, and with that there are a lot of new books set to be published. We compiled a list of seven that are essential reading this spring...  

The Girl in the Letter is a debut novel by Sussex-based author Emily Gunnis. For fans of Fiona Barton and those who enjoy books that are thrillers-cum-crime novels, this is an ideal book for you. It has also been dubbed “the most gripping, heart-wrenching page turner of the year.” 

Journalist Samantha Harper finds a letter, where a young mother pleads to be rescued from a house for unmarried mothers. There are merely hours to find the truth in a tragedy of a story; can she pull it off? This novel is not to be missed, and is a must-read this season.


If you find all things technological as well as digital a struggle, then this is the book for you. Victoria Turk is a magazine editor, and with this book she takes us through the socially accepted rules when it comes to technology and the online world. 

If you have trouble talking to your grandchildren about technology, or maybe wish to find new friends online, Digital Etiquette tackles a variety of topics. Written clearly and concisely, this guide to everything digital is invaluable.


Matt Haig is the best-selling author of books such as The Humans and the critically acclaimed Reasons to Stay Alive. Known for tackling the issues surrounding mental health with candour, Notes On A Nervous Planet will be published in paperback in March. 

Like Digital Etiquette, this book deals with the topic of technology, while exploring our relationship with it. A follow up to Reasons To Stay Alive, the theme of loneliness is at the core. It deftly deals with how to be happy and cope in a modern and often changing world.


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Lesley Ann Jones worked as a journalist at the height of the “glittering Eighties” for a range of publications. Since then, she has turned her hand to writing the biographies of people such as David Bowie and Freddie Mercury. 

Tumbling Dice is her first autobiography, a part homage, part retrospect of another place, another time. Set to be explosive, this book is perfect for spring, and the perfect pool-side read for your next holiday. 


If you read to escape your “worldly cares”, why not read Stone Mothers? Marianne was only 17 when she left her family, boyfriend, and a body behind. Having been forced to return home, with the past encircling her, the truth may finally be coming to the light. 

Backed into a corner, what must she do to protect her own family? Erin Kelly is the best-selling author of He said/She said; if you want to be pulled into a book that will hold your attention, you need to read Stone Mothers. Suspenseful, as well as unexpected, you will not be able to put this book down.


Failure is an inevitability; in a work culture reliant on success, success, and nothing but success, this can sometimes be hard to accept. Elizabeth Day is a novelist and journalist, known for books such as The Party and Paradise City. This is a combined memoir and manifesto, with failure and how to overcome it at the core. 

Divided into chapters such as “Anger”, How To Fail is infused with stories about having to live like Gwyneth Paltrow, growing up in Ireland during The Troubles, interviewing Robert Pattinson, as well as dealing with topics such as female fertility issues. Day spares nothing, including herself, from uncompromising assessments. Tender and insightful, as well as acerbically funny, this memoir is set to be a huge hit this spring. 


Anne Frank would have been 90 this year; to mark this, her collected works will be released in May. While in hiding, she wrote more than just her diary; there are letters, essays, a notebook of favourite quotes (also referenced in the diary), and more. 

Writers of note have also contributed background context in the form of essays, dealing with topics such as the publication of the diary (there’s more than one version), Anne’s life, and that of her family. With both Holocaust denial and anti-semitism becoming increasingly pressing issues, this book is much needed and one that should be placed on everyone’s bookshelf. 


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