Ahlan! Qatar Book Club
RECOMMENDED READ OF THE FORTNIGHT: The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
The One Plus One is a wonderful, unconventional love story by Jojo Moyes, author of the international bestseller Me Before You. Single mother Jess and tech entrepreneur Ed discover together that when you hit rock bottom, the only way is up. I’ve loved Moyes’ novels ever since her debut with Sheltering Rain, and her latest is full of her trademark compassion and humour. These are characters you’ll root for, laugh with, and cry with – Moyes has been described as ‘the queen of the classy weepy’. Real, life-affirming and poignant – The One Plus One will stay with you long after the last page closes.
How I Live Now, based on the stunning young adult novel by Meg Rosoff, is released this month on DVD starring Irish actress Saoirse Ronan (who co-starred in Atonement with James McAvoy and Keira Knightley). The plot centres around American teenager Daisy, who is sent from New York to rural England to visit her aunt and cousins. Her aunt leaves on business shortly after Daisy arrives. So when London is suddenly attacked and war breaks out, Daisy and her cousins must fend for themselves with no adults in charge and no rules. I’m curious to see if the film lives up to the originality of the book (think I Capture the Castle meets The Road).
Saoirse Ronan (Pic: Getty Images)
Bloomsbury Top 3 Books of the Fortnight
Romany and Tom by Ben Watt
Ben Watt’s father, Tommy, was a working-class Glaswegian jazz musician, a politicised left-wing bandleader and a composer. Ben’s mother, Romany, the daughter of a Methodist parson, schooled at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, was a RADA-trained Shakespearean actress. They were both divorcees from very different backgrounds who came together like colliding trains in 1957. Both a personal journey and a family portrait, Romany and Tom is a memoir of the post-war years in Britain and is also about who we are, where we come from, how we love and how we live with each other.
Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse
A whirlwind romance, a perfect marriage – Hannah Reilly has seized her chance at happiness. Until the day her husband fails to come home...The more questions Hannah asks, the fewer answers she finds. But were the secrets that Mark has been keeping designed to protect him or protect her? And can you ever really know what happened before you met?
The Cooked Seed by Anchee Min
In 1994, Anchee Min published Red Azalea, a memoir of growing up during the violent trauma of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. It became an international bestseller. Two decades later, Min returns to give us the next chapter, as she moves from the shocking deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the promised land of America, without language, money or a clear path. In America she learns how to succeed in a radically different culture despite bitter hardships and countless setbacks. An unforgettable life story.
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Ahlan Editor Review
To call Doctor Sleep a long awaited sequel is something of an understatement.
A full 36 years since Stephen King first unleashed The Shining, cementing his reputation as one of the world’s leading horror writers, he’s finally told us what happens when the central character of five-year-old Danny Torrance becomes a man.
In the first novel, Danny’s ‘shining’, the ability to read minds and see the past, pits him against the wrath of terrifying spirits when his father takes a job as a winter caretaker in an isolated hotel.
In Doctor Sleep, the adult Dan Torrance is still trying to lay childhood demons to rest. After drifting for decades under a fog of addiction, he’s finally getting his life together in a small town, where he works at a nursing home using his unique abilities to comfort the dying.
The lull doesn’t last. When Dan meets Abra Stone, a 12-year-old with a shining like a nuclear blast, and becomes aware of a mysterious band of travellers, he is drawn into a psychic struggle beyond even life and death.
If you haven’t read The Shining, even if you’ve seen the classic film, do yourself a favour and get it now. If you have, be prepared for a delicious new horror novel that shows once again why King is the master of the genre.
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