#LeedsReadsRecommends – 5 Autumn Reads

The sunrise

Looking for something to read? New books, great authors, to borrow from Leeds Libraries. Curl up, ignore the weather and enjoy a book

The sunrise by Victoria Hislop In 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean. Tourism and commerce boom in the city, with Greek and Turkish Cypriots living and working harmoniously side by side. Elsewhere on the island, there has been a decade of unrest and violence between the communities and in 1974, following a Greek military coup, Turkey invades the island to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority. As Famagusta is shelled, its population flees. In the now deserted city, just two families are left behind. ‘The Sunrise’ tells the story of this small group living in hiding

Lila by Marilynne Robinson Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside aLila small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister and widower, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the days of suffering that preceded her newfound security.

Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood of itinerant work. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand-to-mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond and a lucky knife to protect them. Despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life had moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to harmonize the life of her makeshift family with the gentle world view of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves. Revisiting the beloved characters and setting of her Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead and Orange Prize-winning Home, Lila is a moving expression of the mysteries of existence.

Us by David Nicholls – ‘Us’ is a tragi-comedy about marriage, parenthood, travel, art and science. Douglas PetersenUs is woken in the middle of the night and told by his wife, Connie, that she is leaving him. Their teenage son, Albie, is leaving for college in the autumn and she intends to follow soon after.

Douglas loves his wife. The thought of a life alone terrifies him, and he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime, one that will draw the three of them closer, win the respect of his son and make Connie fall in love with him all over again. The hotels are booked, the ticket bought, the itinerary planned. What could possibly go wrong?

 

Don't look backDon’t look back by Gregg Hurwitz. This author has loads of 5* ratings from Leeds readers. Here’s his new one. It should have been the holiday of a lifetime – a chance for Eve Hardaway to rediscover herself following the break-up of her marriage. Then she catches a glimpse of someone she should never have seen. She was not the first, but the woman who first laid eyes on the mysterious stranger has disappeared without trace. Soon Eve’s travelling companions start to follow – a storm cuts off their remote jungle camp from the outside world, and Eve knows that if she is ever going to see her young son again, she has to find reserves of courage & resourcefulness she never dreamt she possessed.

A man lies dreamingA Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar Deep in the heart of history’s most infamous concentration camp, a man lies dreaming. His name is Shomer, and before the war he was a pulp fiction author.

Now, to escape the brutal reality of life in Auschwitz, Shomer spends his nights imagining another world – a world where a disgraced former dictator now known only as Wolf ekes out a miserable existence as a low-rent PI in London’s grimiest streets. An extraordinary story of revenge and redemption.

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