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NUSU BOOK CLUB

Join the club. In the midst of self-isolation we wanted to launch the book club, giving you the best recommendations to unwaind to. Our book list is updated weekly and we want to hear from you. Let us know how you rate our recommendations and submit your own suggestions. Depending on how accessible your suggestion is and how popular of a suggestion it is, we will be adding your classics to our club list.

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Top Picks This Week

Normal People

This novel set in Ireland, follows the complex friendship and relationship between two teenagers, Connell and Marianne, and follows their journey through university.


 

Girl, Women, Other

Bernadine Evaristo. This is a must read – awarded the 2019 Booker Prize, it follows the lives of 12 characters over the course of several decades. Follow the beautifully interwoven stories of identity, race, womanhood, and the realities of modern Britain.


 

The Family Upstairs

Lisa Jewell. A baby is found in a house in London’s fashionable Chelsea, along with three decomposing bodies who have been there for several days. The baby has been fed and well cared for – by who?


 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky. A novel about growing up in high school – live Charlie’s life through his letters, hilarious and devastating, and be part of his journey in to adulthood.


 
 

Student Suggestions

Here are some of own student suggestions. If you want to boost one of these up to our most reccomended books (above), leave us some feedback and rate one of the following book.

 

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell: In this book, the author looks in to the brightest, the most famous and the most successful people, asking insightful questions about their cultures, upbringings and factors that make them the successful people they are.

 

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: The night the magic disappeared everything changed, and Zelie has one chance to bring back the magic and strike against the monarchy, in this enchanted tale.

 

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella: This will have you laughing from start to finish – follow Lara as she is haunted by a free spirited ghost from the 1920’s!

 

The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov: A revision of stories of soviet life in the 1930’s – so accurate it was not published during its author’s lifetime – translation by Hugh Aplin.

 

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury: This novel follows Guy Montag, a fireman who starts fires rather than putting them out to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling: The first of the magical Harry Potter series, this book is loved by children and adults of all ages, and transports you in to a wonderful world of witchcraft and wizardry. This will be the start of your own journey to complete the hit series following Harry, Ron, Hermione and friends in their quest against dark magic!

 

Schindler’s Ark: A story of Oskar Schindler's rescue of thousands of men, women, and children from the Nazi death machine, and is one of the most familiar narratives to arise out of the terrible events of the Holocaust & WW2 – later adapted to Schindler’s List.

 

The Binding: This imaginative novel follows Emmett Farmer’s journey as he is cryptically summoned to become a Bookbinder – a trade like no other as each book holds memories and secrets.

 

His Dark Materials Triology: Follow Lyra and Will’s quest across parallel universes over three fantasy novels – Northern Lights, the Subtle Knife, and the Amber Spyglass. Each novel will have you gripped and wanting more.

 

A Thousand Splendid Suns: From the author of The Kite Runner, this is a tale of two generations brought together by the Afganistan war, where the struggles to survive, raise a family, and find happiness are tested.

 

An Unwanted Guest: From the author of the 2016 thriller novel The Couple Next Door, this is a great read for any thrill seekers – set in upstate New York and snowed in, in a remote lodge, somebody begins killing the guests one by one, a seriously wintry murder mystery!

 

No one home, by Tim Weaver: How did an entire village disappear overnight? Follow investigator David Raker as he pieces together the puzzles to try and solve this mystery.

 

The beekeeper of Aleppo, by Christy Lefteri: Nuri and Afra’s worlds are turned upside down as war tears apart their home in Aleppo and they are forced to travel through a broken world – follow them on their brave journey to heal themselves and find eachother.

 

Love in a cold climate, by Nancy Mitford: Written in the 1940’s, the novel tells the funny story of a 1940’s aristocratic family, written with sharp wit and humour.

 

The chimp paradox, by Steve Peters: Written by Professor Steve Peters, the Chimp Paradox explores mind management to help you achieve success, confidence and happiness.

 

The last magician, by Lisa Maxwell: This magical novel follows a girl who goes back in time to steal a book – full of twists, magic, betrayal and love, this is a great read!

 

Happy, by Fearne Cotton: A bestseller from Fearne Cotton, Happy focuses on the simple stuff to help you be happy and release what’s going on inside your head.

 

This is going to hurt: Written by a junior doctor, this is a funny, moving and insightful celebration of the everyday heroes of the NHS! A frank account, written in humour and will leave you crying tears of sorrow and joy!

 

PS, I love you: Holly and Gerry are childhood sweethearts and Holly’s world is torn apart when Gerry develops a brain tumour and dies. But Gerry has written a letter for each month of the year to help Holly live her life. Get the tissues at the ready!

 

Me Before You: Immerse yourself into Lou Clark's world while she takes on the role of looking after Will Traynor, a young man who has suffered a bad motorcycle accident and is now in a wheelchair. Have your tissues at the ready as this is a real tearjerker.

 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: This novel explores the struggles of Eleanor Oliphant's mental health whilst also highlighting the impact of kindness and true friendship. Written by Gail Honeyman, this twisted tale will leave you wanting more.

 

The Handmaid's Tale: This dystopian novel explores the haunting life that young women like Offred have found themselves thrust into. With plummeting birth rates in Gilead, handmaid's are forced to bear children for elitist, barren couples against their will.

 

I am Pilgrim: Penned by Terry Hayes, I am Pilgrim is the perfect novel for readers that enjoy the fast paced action encompassed by a spy! Taking you across the globe, pick up a copy to join in on the thrilling adventure!

 

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell: Written when Orwell was a struggling writer in his twenties, this book documents his first contact with poverty in a painstaking truthful account of his travels between London and Paris.

 

The Bone People by Keri Hulme: A winner of the Booker Prize and the Pegasus prize for Literature, The Bone People is a tale of mystery, love, and an ambitious exploration of Maori and European culture. Follow the story of Kerewin Holmes, an artist estranged fro her art, and in exile from her family.

 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Set in Nazi Germany, the novel follows Liesel who finds a book – a Gravedigger’s Handbook, which starts her on a journey of book thievery! These are dangerous times, and Liesel’s world is opened up when her family hide a Jewish person in their basement.

 

Mr. Nice by Howard Marks: An extraordinary story following Howard Marks – the Oxford graduate who during the mid- 80’s had 43 aliases, 89 phones, and owned 25 companies throughout the world – all laundering vehicles serving his core activity – dope dealing!

 

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver: This story is told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price – an evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959 – follow the family’s journey.

 

Q and A: Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup: A novel that inspired award-winning filmSlumdog MillionaireQ & A is the story of Ram Mohammed Thomas, a poor orphan who has never been to school and somehow manages to correctly answer all twelve questions on India’s biggest quiz show!

 

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami: This is a must read by japan’s most highly regarded novelist! Toru Okada, a yung man from Tokyo, sets out to search for his wife’s missing cat…and soon finds himself looking for his wife aswell! An imaginative detective story that brings out buried secrets of World War 2.

 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: This futuristic novel tells the story of it’s genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy – anticipating huge scientific advancements as it was written in 1931!

 

Water for Elephants: This compelling love story set in the circus world during the Great Depression of 1930s America has won many awards for good reason. The story is filled with hardship, friendship and love and is perfect for a dose of escapism.

 

Memoirs of a Geisha: This book is a bestseller for good reason. The pages are filled with confessions from one of Japan's most famous Geishas. If the fascinating Japanese culture is of interest to you then this book cannot be skipped.

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: This novel weaves a multitude of themes into a complex but intriguing plot such as an investigation into a mysterious disappearance, a family saga and an unlikely love story. One that you will not put down.

 

The Help: Set in 1960s Mississippi this novel tells the tale of a group of courageous black women who come together to share their stories about being the hired help. They confide in Skeeter, a young writer who is keen for change in her backward hometown.