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Rebecca on the screen

This should be good! Netflix is releasing a new version of Daphne du Maurier’s gothic classic Rebecca on 21st October. There’s still time to read the book first. We loved it!

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Excellent choice for the Women’s Prize for Fiction

Couldn’t be happier to see that Maggie O’Farrell has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction for the unmissable Hamnet. If you read one book this year, let this be it! Here’s our review. She beat Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and The Light, Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other, Jenny Offill’s Weather, Angie Cruz’s Dominicana and Natalie Haynes’ A Thousand Ships. Congratulations, Maggie O’Farrell!

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The Man Booker International Prize 2020

The 29 year old Dutch author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld and the translator Michele Hutchinson ran away with the International Man Booker Prize 2020 yesterday for the book The Discomfort of the Evening. Rijneveld (who prefers to be addressed as they) tells the story of a boy who dies in an accident after his sister, following an argument, wishes he’d die instead of her rabbit. Loosely based on Rijneveld’s own experiences, they grew up on a farm in a deeply religious family and also lost a brother, the book deals with the piousness, loss and delusions. Haven’t read this one myself but sounds worthwhile if you’re ready for something serious. Here’s the best of the rest:

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Struggling to find a good book?

Visit our archive where you’ll find more that 400 reviewed books, all hand-picked by our picky reviewers. We only recommend books we really, really like so rest assured you won’t be wasting your time. Craving something funny? Go to our ‘In the mood for…’ tab in the menu bar on our homepage. There you’ll also find our best long and short reads, thrilling books, challenging and light reads. In our ‘Review’ tab you’ll find our reviews sorted by category, fiction, non-fiction, classics, American literature etc. If you still can’t find anything, send us an email (bookstoker@gmail.com) and we’ll try to help.

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Books set in New York City

Having spent the better part of my 20s living in New York City, I have a huge soft spot for this iconic place. I crave books that bring back the noises, the buzz, the beauty, the people and the grittiness of the city.  Here’s a selection of some of the very best ones.

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This summer’s must read books

So now that the summer holidays are in sight, what will you be reading? The good news is that while we’ve all been locked up at home, some fabulous books have been published. We just haven’t been able to see them displayed in our local bookshops. So here they are, our favourite books over the past few dark months which we can guarantee will brighten up your summer.

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