Sara Cox

Sara Cox

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20+ Book Recommendations by Sara Cox

  • The first African American to win the world heavyweight championship, Johnson recounts without bitterness the prejudice that dogged his public and private lives and his international adventures as a bon vivant.

    2/2 Also mentioned:Agatha Christie, Sweet Sorrow by @DavidNWriter The Virago Book of Love Poetry by Wendy Mulford My Life in the Ring & Out by Jack Johnson thank you @reginalddhunter @sophiewillan @ranvir01 & @MickyF_Official for being such fantastic guests📚All eps on @iplayer

  • Sweet Sorrow

    David Nicholls

    From the best-selling author of One Day comes a bittersweet and brilliantly funny coming-of-age tale about the heart-stopping thrill of first love--and how just one summer can forever change a life. Now: On the verge of marriage and a fresh start, thirty-eight year old Charlie Lewis finds that he can't stop thinking about the past, and the events of one particular summer. Then: Sixteen-year-old Charlie Lewis is the kind of boy you don't remember in the school photograph. He's failing his classes. At home he looks after his depressed father--when surely it should be the other way round--and if he thinks about the future at all, it is with a kind of dread. But when Fran Fisher bursts into his life and despite himself, Charlie begins to hope. In order to spend time with Fran, Charlie must take on a challenge that could lose him the respect of his friends and require him to become a different person. He must join the Company. And if the Company sounds like a cult, the truth is even more appalling: The price of hope, it seems, is Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet learned and performed in a theater troupe over the course of a summer. Now: Charlie can't go the altar without coming to terms with his relationship with Fran, his friends, and his former self. Poignant, funny, enchanting, devastating, Sweet Sorrow is a tragicomedy about the rocky path to adulthood and the confusion of family life, a celebration of the reviving power of friendship and that brief, searing explosion of first love that can only be looked at directly after it has burned out.

    2/2 Also mentioned:Agatha Christie, Sweet Sorrow by @DavidNWriter The Virago Book of Love Poetry by Wendy Mulford My Life in the Ring & Out by Jack Johnson thank you @reginalddhunter @sophiewillan @ranvir01 & @MickyF_Official for being such fantastic guests📚All eps on @iplayer

  • For centuries women have written about love with passion, humour, frustration and despair; but never before have their voices come together as in this exhilarating and timeless compendium. Here are love poems in all their true, subversive drama, delicately arranged according to a balance of moods and modes: of argument and lyric, joke and passionate utterance, rejection, rage and ecstacy. Poets, well-known and obscure, ancient and modern - from Sappho to Akhamotova,Patti Smith to Selima Hill, Sylvia Plath to Alice Walker - all challenge the traditional perception of women as muse and object of desire, and magnificently transcend it.

    2/2 Also mentioned:Agatha Christie, Sweet Sorrow by @DavidNWriter The Virago Book of Love Poetry by Wendy Mulford My Life in the Ring & Out by Jack Johnson thank you @reginalddhunter @sophiewillan @ranvir01 & @MickyF_Official for being such fantastic guests📚All eps on @iplayer

  • Planet Young

    Gerry Potter

    “Between the covers” books tonight: BYOBs: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins Glue by @IrvineWelsh Planet Young by @GerryPoetry The Joke by Milan Kundera Our picks: Shuggie Bain by @Doug_D_Stuart and The Frequency of Us by @keefstuart 1/2

  • The Moonstone, a priceless yellow diamond, is looted from an Indian temple and maliciously bequeathed to Rachel Verinder. On her eighteenth birthday, her friend and suitor Franklin Blake brings the gift to her. That very night, it is stolen again. No one is above suspicion, as the idiosyncratic Sergeant Cuff and the Franklin piece together a puzzling series of events as mystifying as an opium dream and as deceptive as the nearby Shivering Sand. T. S. Eliot famously described THE MOONSTONE as 'the first, the longest and the best of modern English detective novels', but, as Sandra Kemp discusses in her introduction, it offers many other facets, which reveal Collins's sensibilities as untypical of his era.

    “Between the covers” books tonight: BYOBs: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins Glue by @IrvineWelsh Planet Young by @GerryPoetry The Joke by Milan Kundera Our picks: Shuggie Bain by @Doug_D_Stuart and The Frequency of Us by @keefstuart 1/2

  • All too often, this brilliant novel of thwarted love and revenge miscarried has been read for its political implications. Now, a quarter century after The Joke was first published and several years after the collapse of the Soviet-imposed Czechoslovak regime, it becomes easier to put such implications into perspective in favor of valuing the book (and all Kundera 's work) as what it truly is: great, stirring literature that sheds new light on the eternal themes of human existence. The present edition provides English-language readers an important further means toward revaluation of The Joke. For reasons he describes in his Author's Note, Milan Kundera devoted much time to creating (with the assistance of his American publisher-editor) a completely revised translation that reflects his original as closely as any translation possibly can: reflects it in its fidelity not only to the words and syntax but also to the characteristic dictions and tonalities of the novel's narrators. The result is nothing less than the restoration of a classic.

    “Between the covers” books tonight: BYOBs: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins Glue by @IrvineWelsh Planet Young by @GerryPoetry The Joke by Milan Kundera Our picks: Shuggie Bain by @Doug_D_Stuart and The Frequency of Us by @keefstuart 1/2

  • Shuggie Bain

    Douglas Stuart

    A stunning debut novel by a masterful writer telling the heartwrenching story of a young boy and his alcoholic mother, whose love is only matched by her pride

    “Between the covers” books tonight: BYOBs: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins Glue by @IrvineWelsh Planet Young by @GerryPoetry The Joke by Milan Kundera Our picks: Shuggie Bain by @Doug_D_Stuart and The Frequency of Us by @keefstuart 1/2

  • “Between the covers” books tonight: BYOBs: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins Glue by @IrvineWelsh Planet Young by @GerryPoetry The Joke by Milan Kundera Our picks: Shuggie Bain by @Doug_D_Stuart and The Frequency of Us by @keefstuart 1/2

  • Waterland

    Graham Swift

    When his school decides to phase out history from the curriculum, a history teacher abandons his formal lessons to tell his students stories about his native Fen country of East Anglia and its inhabitants

    Books on tonight’s Between The Covers : Waterland by Graham Swift, Home Body by @rupikaur_ How To Be A Medieval Woman by Margery Kempe A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara & OUR PICKS: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell & The Last House on Needless Street by @Catrionaward #BetweenTheCovers https://t.co/RHQHoGzDPv

  • Books on tonight’s Between The Covers : Waterland by Graham Swift, Home Body by @rupikaur_ How To Be A Medieval Woman by Margery Kempe A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara & OUR PICKS: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell & The Last House on Needless Street by @Catrionaward #BetweenTheCovers https://t.co/RHQHoGzDPv

  • A Little Life

    Hanya Yanagihara

    Moving to New York to pursue creative ambitions, four former classmates share decades marked by love, loss, addiction and haunting elements from a brutal childhood. By the author of The People in the Trees.

    Books on tonight’s Between The Covers : Waterland by Graham Swift, Home Body by @rupikaur_ How To Be A Medieval Woman by Margery Kempe A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara & OUR PICKS: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell & The Last House on Needless Street by @Catrionaward #BetweenTheCovers https://t.co/RHQHoGzDPv

  • Hamnet

    Maggie O'Farrell

    WINNER OF THE 2020 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION - THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER SHORTLISTED AN POST BOOK AWARDS IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR 'Richly sensuous... something special' The Sunday Times 'A thing of shimmering wonder' David Mitchell TWO EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE. A LOVE THAT DRAWS THEM TOGETHER. A LOSS THAT THREATENS TO TEAR THEM APART. On a summer's day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home? Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London. Neither parent knows that one of the children will not survive the week. Hamnet is a novel inspired by the son of a famous playwright. It is a story of the bond between twins, and of a marriage pushed to the brink by grief. It is also the story of a kestrel and its mistress; flea that boards a ship in Alexandria; and a glovemaker's son who flouts convention in pursuit of the woman he loves. Above all, it is a tender and unforgettable reimagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, but whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays ever written.

    Books on tonight’s Between The Covers : Waterland by Graham Swift, Home Body by @rupikaur_ How To Be A Medieval Woman by Margery Kempe A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara & OUR PICKS: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell & The Last House on Needless Street by @Catrionaward #BetweenTheCovers https://t.co/RHQHoGzDPv

  • Home Body

    Rupi Kaur

    Untitled book by Anonymous. Untitled book by Anonymous.

    Books on tonight’s Between The Covers : Waterland by Graham Swift, Home Body by @rupikaur_ How To Be A Medieval Woman by Margery Kempe A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara & OUR PICKS: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell & The Last House on Needless Street by @Catrionaward #BetweenTheCovers https://t.co/RHQHoGzDPv

  • Catriona Ward's The Last House on Needless Street is a shocking and immersive read perfect for fans of Gone Girl and The Haunting of Hill House. “The new face of literary dark fiction.” —Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes "The buzz...is real. I've read it and was blown away. It's a true nerve-shredder that keeps its mind-blowing secrets to the very end." —Stephen King In a boarded-up house on a dead-end street at the edge of the wild Washington woods lives a family of three. A teenage girl who isn’t allowed outside, not after last time. A man who drinks alone in front of his TV, trying to ignore the gaps in his memory. And a house cat who loves napping and reading the Bible. An unspeakable secret binds them together, but when a new neighbor moves in next door, what is buried out among the birch trees may come back to haunt them all.

    Books on tonight’s Between The Covers : Waterland by Graham Swift, Home Body by @rupikaur_ How To Be A Medieval Woman by Margery Kempe A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara & OUR PICKS: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell & The Last House on Needless Street by @Catrionaward #BetweenTheCovers https://t.co/RHQHoGzDPv

  • After her "stand-in mother," a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.

    @nelson_8612 @BBCTwo Crawdads is pretty special… have you read Secret life of bees? Lovely book x

  • 'A delicious mystery and a touching exploration of loneliness and desire in cloying 1950s suburbia - a great read' Sally Magnusson, author of The Sealwoman's Gift1957, south-east suburbs of London. Jean Swinney is a journalist on the local newspaper, caring for her truculent mother and - unmarried in her mid-30s - considered a spinster of her parish.This limited existence of tedious chores and small pleasures is suddenly cracked open when a reporting assignment takes Jean into the intimate lives of the Tilburys: Gretchen Tilbury has made the sensational claim that her daughter Margaret is the product of a virgin birth and Jean is determined to uncover the truth. But as the initial medical tests seem to confirm Gretchen's version of events, Jean is surprised to find her life has become strangely (and not unpleasantly) intertwined with that of the Tilburys: Gretchen is now a friend, and her quirky and charming daughter Margaret a sort of surrogate child. But it is Gretchen's husband, Howard, who exerts the greatest gravitational pull on Jean: she doesn't mean to fall in love with him, but Howard surprises her with his dry wit, his intelligence and his kindness - and when she does fall, she falls hard. But he is married, and to her friend - who is also the subject of the story she is researching for the newspaper, a story that increasingly seems to be causing dark ripples across all their lives. And yet Jean cannot bring herself to discard the chance of finally having a taste of happiness...But there will be a price to pay, and it will be unbearable.

    Happy #BetweenTheCovers day! Book of the week: the intriguing page turner Small Pleasures by @ClareDChambers & @alandavies1 quietly devastating & beautifully written autobiography Just Ignore Him. @thewhitmore @itsanitarani & @russell_kane bring extra chat&charm, 7.30pm @BBCTwo https://t.co/KftZwhC35j

  • This Lovely City

    Louise Hare

    An atmospheric and utterly compelling debut novel about a Jamaican immigrant living in postwar London, This Lovely City shows that new arrivals have always been the prime suspects -- but that even in the face of anger and fear, there is always hope.

    @JulieOwenMoylan @LouRHare Thanks Julie! Hope people embrace the show. Loved “This lovely city” Louise - really enjoyed the audio book.

  • After her "stand-in mother," a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.

    @JulieOwenMoylan I’m sure you’ve read it but I loved Secret life of Bees. Also Where the crawdads sing.

  • Bazaar

    Sabrina Ghayour

    bazaar noun: a market in the Middle East Bazaar is a colorful, flavourful and satisfying celebration of vegetable dishes, designed tosuit every occasion and every palate. The magic of this cookbook is that you won't feel like anything is missing, with dishes full of easy-to-achieve flavors and depth that would win over even the most die-hard carnivore. Each recipe utilizes the abundance of varied flavour profiles of the East, from spices, herbs and perfumed aromatics to hearty staples such as grains and pulses, combined with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. You will find salads for all seasons, spectacular sides, bowl comfort, moreish mains and sweet treats. Recipes include: Grilled halloumi flatbreads with preserved lemon salsa Charred tomato & roasted chili soup with herb-fried croutons Root vegetable bastilla Grilled tofu salad with peanuts, sweet tamarind & spiced miso dressing Potato, ricotta & herb dumplings with walnuts & chili butter Feta, pul biber & oregano macaroni cheese Courgette, orange & almond cake with sweet orange yogurt frosting

    Yeyyyyy congrats!!! It’s a BRILLIANT book 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 https://t.co/A4xBz0srtL

  • The Power in You

    Henry Fraser

    From Sunday Times bestselling author... 'Henry Fraser is one of the most remarkable people I've ever met' J.K. Rowling 'What a story of transformation, inner power and inspiration' Jonny Wilkinson Mouth artist, motivational speaker and author of the inspirational memoir The Little Big Things, Henry Fraser, explores the transformative power of acceptance in this motivational guide. If The Little Big Things was about Henry's past, The Power in You is about his present and his future. And through understanding his daily experience, Henry teaches us all how best we can live. This book is about right now, and it's about tomorrow. It's about recognising progress, it's about accepting our past to become free of it, it's about living in the now to avoid anxiety. It's future focused on the positive. Henry discusses acceptance, how to adapt and deal with our pasts, how to forgive ourselves, and how to forgive others. He will remind us to live in the present and just how empowering that can be, how to work through self-doubt, how to become aware of our progress, and how everything you need in life comes from within you. The power is in you.

    What a dude. Looking forward to this by @henryfraser0 https://t.co/Dpbmd8bwwH

  • The Pioppi Diet

    Aseem Malhotra & Donal O'neill

    As heard on BBC Radio 4 Today . . . 'This book has the power to make millions of people healthier and happier. If we all adopted The Pioppi Diet we would quickly reverse the obesity epidemic and be able to sustain our National Health Service' Andy Burnham, former Secretary of State for Health *** The easy 21-day plan for a happier, healthier and longer life We are not being given the truth about our health . . . We're told to avoid saturated fats, we're marketed health food that is laden with sugar and we're encouraged to pound out miles at the gym. However, our chances of getting obese are increasing - raising our risk of Type-2 diabetes, cancer, dementia and heart disease. Yet in the tiny Italian village of Pioppi, life is as simple as it is long and healthy. There is no gym, no supermarket, the food is delicious and they enjoy a glass of wine every evening. Now cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra - a world-leading obesity expert and Britain's number one anti-sugar campaigner - and acclaimed filmmaker Donal O'Neill combine the wisdom of this remarkably long lived population with decades of nutrition and medical research to cut through long-standing dietary myths and create this easy-to-follow lifestyle plan. This isn't a diet or lifestyle which requires saying 'no' to the things you love, or exercising for hours upon end. In just three weeks, The Pioppi Diet will help you make simple, achievable and long-lasting changes to how you eat, sleep and move - changes that all of us, no matter how busy we are, can make. 'This book has the power to make millions of people healthier and happier' Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester and Former Secretary of State for Health. 'Revolutionary' Richard Thompson, former physician to HRH Queen Elizabeth

    @cimacpherson @HeartSoulFit @POPSUGARFitness Also I really like the Pioppi diet book by @DrAseemMalhotra - it’s a whole new way of eating & will help you to drop a few pounds.

  • Inheritance

    Jenny Eclair

    'SO immersive, atmospheric and compelling' Marian Keyes 'Kept me glued to the page' Alex Marwood 'Achingly poignant . . . An absolutely brilliant read' Sunday Mirror _____________ Beginnings, middles and ends; Peggy, Serena, Natasha and Bel. This is the room that binds them, this is how consequences work . . . In deepest Cornwall, the mansion Kittiwake has seen many pass through its doors since it was bought by American heiress Peggy Carmichael seventy years ago. Over the decades, the keys have been handed down through the family, and now it belongs to Bel's adoptive brother, Lance. It's where he'll be celebrating his fiftieth birthday, and Bel is invited. But Bel barely feels like she's holding it together as it is, and in going back to Kittiwake, she will be returning to the place where it all began - where, following the death of a child, a sequence of events was set in motion, the consequences of which are still rippling down through the generations . . . From Sunday Times bestselling author Jenny Eclair comes an utterly compelling new novel of family secrets that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page. ______________ PRAISE FOR JENNY ECLAIR: 'Wonderfully written, insightful and riveting' Daily Mail 'Compelling, compassionate and keenly observed' Independent 'Edwina's story is both heart-rending and compelling' Clare Mackintosh 'I loved it SO MUCH' Marian Keyes 'Witty, moving, dark and absorbing' Jo Brand 'An elegant, gripping and mesmeric read' Helen Lederer 'An absolute page-turner of a story' Judy Finnigan

    Funny you nicked a book from @grahnort cos I nicked your book #inheritance from @ZoeTheBall - AND I REGRET NOTHING!!! Cos #inheritance is a bloody brilliant book - I really recommend it, bookfans. https://t.co/huoBQTLtIy

  • Rachel's relationship with her mother, Eleanor, has always been far from perfect. Eleanor is a renowned artist born from the swinging sixties, and Rachel has forever lived in the shadow of her success. When Rachel is left by her fiancé on the morning of their wedding she has no choice but to move back into her family home and spend an unbearably hot summer with a mother she feels distant from - in the presence of many painful memories. It will take another turn of events before Rachel realises that sometimes the past holds exactly the comfort we need. And that behind the words left unsaid are untold stories that have the power to define us. Imbued with warmth and full of characters who will steal your heart, THE THINGS WE LEFT UNSAID is a radiant novel in which past and present collide with life-affirming consequences.

    This was rather brilliant @EmmaKennedy 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 the perfect holiday read. Was nice to galavant around ‘60s London and present day dramas.... https://t.co/Lvp3Oet5ej

  • Morning book lovers, story likers & those fond of the 80s, dogs, cows, laughing & love. For one day only my book Till the Cows Come Home is 99p on @AmazonKindle buy it here if you fancy #bargain #99p https://t.co/VxJNbAHNk1 https://t.co/TX1boFznY3