The Exclusive Books Recommends Campaign began in March 2013 and has enjoyed positive feedback from both judges and the public. The April selection of titles is just as impressive: Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell, another truly memorable read, is this month’s recommended read.
April is a wonderful month for reading. The weather cools, the landscape becomes red and gold, and we tend to head indoors to prepare for the Winter. There are also several public holidays which means more time for favourite leisure activities. Of course, burying oneself deep in a book is the ideal way to pass idle time whilst the Autumn leaves begin to fall.
The following five books have been carefully chosen by Exclusive Books for the month of April: Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell, The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley, The Blind Man’s Garden by Nadeem Aslam, Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler and Chef by Martin Suter.
Instructions for a Heatwave – the acclaimed new book from Costa Novel Award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell – is a portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976.
The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley – an emotionally resonant and thought-provoking tale that raises profound questions about life and death, faith and medicine, and illuminates the power of love to divide and heal a family in the wake of unexpected tragedy.
The Blind Man’s Garden by Nadeem Aslam is an exquisitely written novel set in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the months following 9/11. It is a story of war, of one family’s losses, and of the simplest, most enduring human impulses.
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler features sixteen-year-old heroine, Isabelle McAllister, who longs to escape the confines of her northern Kentucky hometown in the 1930s. After her family’s housekeeper’s son rescues her from a Newport drunk, the racial divide seems more painful than ever as they begin to fall in love.
The Chef – a huge international bestseller and Martin Suter’s take on the culinary world set in Zurich. The novel has been described as ‘as full of mystery as a crime story, only more exotic and more erotic’.