Lockdown Reading recommendations this spring

Here are some book recommendations extracted from our contributors’ responses to our lockdown reading questions – just click on the title to read what they said about the book:


The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim

Call for the Dead by John le Carré

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

For Esmé, with Love and Squalor by J.D. Salinger


Other Minds: the octopus and the evolution of intelligent life by Peter Godfrey-Smith

The Missing Lynx by Ross Barnet

Dr James Barry: a woman ahead of her time by Michael Du Preez and Jeremy Dronfield


Acts and Omissions by Catherine Fox

Red Plenty by Francis Spufford

Music to Eat Cake By Lev Parikian

Jews Don’t Count by David Baddiel

The Vinyl Detective by Andrew Cartmel


Bookworm by Lucy Mangan

Conclave by Robert Harris

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman


Swan Song – Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

The Salt Path – Raynor Winn

Mudlarking – Lara Maiklem

Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo

Let It GoDame Stephanie Shirley and Richard Askwith



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