It’s easy to keep your pulse on what’s popular here in the US. But have you ever wondered what the folks across the pond are reading? Here’s a peek at 4 of this week’s best selling books in Britain.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
Beloved in Britain for his heartwarming illustrations, this collection of Mackesy’s ink drawings is full of hope and inspiration for an uncertain world.
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Moving, hopeful, and inventive, this extraordinary novel is a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and the legacy of Britain’s colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean. The twelve central characters of this multi-voiced novel lead vastly different lives, from a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England.
Sparklingly witty and filled with emotion, Girl, Woman, Other reminds us of everything that connects us to our neighbors, even in times when we are encouraged to be split apart.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren’t affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’. Her words hit a nerve. The post went viral and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own experiences.
Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism today.
The Truants by Kate Weinberg
Jess Walker has come to a concrete campus under the flat gray skies of East Anglia for one reason: to be taught by the mesmerizing and rebellious Dr. Lorna Clay, whose seminars soon transform Jess’s thinking on life, love, and Agatha Christie. Swept up in Lorna’s thrall, Jess falls in with a tightly knit group of rule-breakers … But the dynamic between the friends begins to darken, until a tragedy shatters their friendships and love affairs, and reveals a terrible secret. Soon Jess must face the question she fears most: what is the true cost of an extraordinary life?
Want to know what didn’t make the list? Here are a few more titles that are flying under the radar here in the US despite their popularity abroad:
- Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given
- Daughters of Cornwall by Fern Britton
- Natives by Akala
- The Country Bride by Dilly Court
All descriptions adapted from those descriptions provided by the publisher.