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5 Must-Read Books

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi, £8.99

This is one of the best books I've read this year, if not in my whole life! It follows the story of two half-sisters from Africa’s Gold Coast centuries ago, and the different paths their lives take – one married to a slave trader and one sold into slavery. We see how their families fare through the generations, and it makes for a beautiful and sometimes heart-breaking tale which everyone should read.

The Beekeeper of Aleppo, Christy Lefteri, £8.99

Described as “a moving testament to the human spirit”, this book is the stunning and harrowing story of a refugee from Syria, and the trauma he carries with him after losing his son. You follow Nuri's journey with his wife to the UK, and this is a book which truly reminds you of the power of storytelling. Incredibly compassionate and beautifully written.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris, £8.99

This is the story of Lale Sokolov, who was given the job of tattooing the prisoners in Auschwitz-Birkenau. It's a story of love in the face of one of the darkest periods of human history, and it truly shows how love can triumph and give people a reason to live. Unforgettable, human, and courageous, this book is a must-read.

Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens, £8.99

Described as unforgettable, engrossing and moving, this book is a multi-million copy bestseller for a reason. It follows Kya through the coming-of-age period of her life, and the character description makes you instantly relate to each and every character you meet.

The Midnight Library, Matt Haig, £8.99

Nora's life goes from bad to worse, but when it reaches midnight on her last day on earth, she finds herself in a library, where she has the chance to undo her regrets and try out the other lives she might have lived, raising the question – if you had infinite choices, what is the best way to live?