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May Reads

Here are some of the books the MIROnline team have enjoyed over the past month. There’s some love out there for Helen Dunmore. Enjoy!



"The incredible hype around this YA novel is well deserved. Thomas uses real life experiences to bring authenticity to her writing and creates characters that stay with you." - Louise Hare

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


"With creative non-fiction fully back in fashion, I've been enjoying some of the classics of sixties New Journalism. Wolfe's book encapsulates an era in a way that fiction struggled to keep up with." - Melanie Jones

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe


"A skilfully crafted, literary ghost story set in 1952 in East Yorkshire. Through a detailed domestic setting Dunmore explores what it is to be haunted by grief and a sense of loss. Isabel is haunted by Alec, a dead pilot, whose manifestation exposes her loneliness and the fragility of her marriage. A gripping read!" - Elinor Johns

The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore


"This is a beautifully and cleverly written book with an unusual closeness to the characters for an omniscient/changing POV. The read is gentle and insightful, travelling through three generations of a family." - Alison Hitchcock

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler


"For anyone immersed in the business of writing fiction or simply interested in how it's done, this is one of those inspiring books to keep on your desk or at your bedside. Each bite-size chapter examines a specific aspect of fiction writing (such as point of view, suspense, time-shift, a sense of place, interior monologue) through some of the most inspiring examples of classic and contemporary literature." - Stella Klein

The Art of Fiction by David Lodge


"The story of Helen, an “ass patient” in hospital with a ruptured sphincter, preoccupied with her body and its various functions, but determined to fix her broken family from her hospital bed. Helen's fragility and all encompassing “openness” illustrate the vulnerability of young bodies and mental states." - Lauren Miller

Wetlands by Charlotte Roche


"Beautifully written with incredible attention to detail, Dunmore's latest novel brings Georgian Bristol to life in such a way that you can smell it." - Louise Hare

Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore


"Less like a novel and more like a painting, the story is rich because of the details rather than the narrative. That is not to say the story isn't compelling! I think every artist should read this work for what I think is the central message: success is not something to strive for but to overcome." - Peter Coles

The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq