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Having spent all winter indoors, wrapped in blankets, it’s time to select a good book and head outside for some refreshing springtime reading. Whether you like reading in a cafe courtyard, your own garden or on a park bench, we’ve selected some adventurous, romantic and thought-provoking reads for you to enjoy this April.
‘...hoping that she was to be blessed with a second spring of youth and beauty.’
To marry for love or financial security – that is the question.
Faced with family financial pressures, Austen’s protagonist Anne Elliot becomes the victim of misplaced persuasion. However, from an autumn of conflicted feelings there rises a spring of new hope and second chances.
Moving and mature, romantic and sincere, Austen’s final novel is stylistically different to her other works. Combining social comedy with sober reflection, it is a charming yet satirical springtime read.
When we our sails advance...’Injury, refuge, romance and adventure combine to create a simply written but beautiful tale. While laced with pain and uncertainty, Bates also brings a taste of romance and adventure to his novel.
Shirley, an exploration of gender binaries and social ideologies. Set in Yorkshire’s Spen Valley during the industrial revolution, it imagines the true meaning of female freedom and independence.
As an unromantic social commentary, the novel is an ambitious literary feat. Its two literary heroines contrastingly, but profoundly, represent female independence and oppression in Victorian society.
“It is never too late to be wise.”
Robinson Crusoe, the tale of a castaway stranded on a desert island. Defoe’s sense of realism and adventure are brilliantly crafted, interwoven with his profound exploration of human loneliness, existence and survival.
Life and death, adventure and tragedy. An existence bound by the passage of time. Readers share in Crusoe's adventures and trials as his island prison becomes his unspoiled paradise.
Filled with humour and wit,Torrents of Spring is one of Hemingway’s less familiar works. With its satirical bite, it is both intellectual and ludicrous– a brilliant parody of conventional fiction.
Set in the Michigan springtime, Hemingway’s novel is a declaration of his literary independence. It offers a glimpse into his early writing, which although severe in it’s parodies (of Sherwood Anderson’s novelDark Laughter in particular) is a wonderfully realistic and humorous narrative.
A charming and sophisticated story, reminiscent of times gone by. Laurie Lee’s poignant memoir beautifully captures the joys and trials of 1920’s village life. Set against the backdrop of war, in the idyllic village of Slad, his writing paints a picture of a place on the verge of change.
Both tangible and nostalgic, Lee’s novel blends together darkness and light, realism and romance. With its rich pastoral setting and intriguing characters, it is an endearing and ideal April read.
“Farewell sweet earth and northern sky…”Combining factual details and mythology,Silmarillion provides a complex cosmology of Tolkein’s fictional universe. Although unlike Tolkein’s other works, it is an undeniably epic narrative.
Most of us know Virgil for his most famous work -The Aeneid. Less well-known are his pastoral poems which vividly capture visions of country life and lover’s’ romances.
Through Virgil’s work, the pastoral became a poetic genre in its own right. Both epic and humble, his ‘rural’ poems vividly intertwine romance with nature and are perfect for lovers of outdoor reading.
Whether you read outside often or have never tried it, the coming of spring provides the perfect opportunity to venture out of doors with a good book.
Choosing your next read can be tricky, but we hope that with this list to guide you, you’ll discover a book that you haven’t read, or perhaps even heard of, before.
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With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday 20th June, we were delighted to have another excuse to select some gift ideas - this time for the beloved dads and father figures in your lives.
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