I’m delighted to announce the February picks for the I Heart Book Club are, Grownups by Marian Keys and The Binding by Bridget Collins. If you’d like to discuss my picks with the rest of what I like to think is the best book club in the world (yes, I’m biased, what of it?), you can join us here on Facebook.
Grownups is the latest novel from the wonderful Marian Keyes and a book I’ve been desperate to read ever since it was announced. It will be available in hardback on February 2nd, order it from Amazon here
They’re a glamorous family, the Caseys. Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together – birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends away. And they’re a happy family. Johnny’s wife, Jessie – who has the most money – insists on it. Under the surface, though, conditions are murkier. While some people clash, other people like each other far too much . . . Everything stays under control until Ed’s wife Cara, gets concussion and can’t keep her thoughts to herself. One careless remark at Johnny’s birthday party, with the entire family present, starts Cara spilling out all their secrets. In the subsequent unravelling, every one of the adults finds themselves wondering if it’s time – finally – to grow up?
The Binding is Bridget Collins’ first adult novel and is a truly thrilling story, ‘laced with magic and unforgettable characters’ according to Foyles. Ooh. It’s available in paperback now and I can’t wait to discuss it with you. Order from Amazon here
Imagine you could erase your grief. Imagine you could forget your pain. Imagine you could hide a secret. Forever. Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded. Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.