Happy Easter weekend reading!
Four FAIRLADY team-recommended reads – old and new – good enough to distract you, albeit briefly, from the Easter eggs.
Cara-Lee Herr: Seven Sisters is a series by Lucinda Riley
full of history, mystery, suspense and love. It takes you all over the world on a journey through different decades via the story of seven adoptive sisters and the places they each came from. It’s a series of lighthearted, happy reads that keep you hooked.
Caryn McArthy: The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
focuses on three characters in different eras – all of whom are affected by the demise of bees: William, a depressed biologist and seed merchant in England, 1852. Pretty much bed-ridden, he’s only visited by one of his seven daughters, and she encourages him to build a beehive. In 2007, George is a beekeeper in Ohio whose son has just returned from University. They have a tricky relationship anyway, made worse when Tom announces that he is vegetarian and wants to change his course to a PhD in writing. Tao, my favourite, is a mother in China in 2093. There are now no bees left, and Tao’s job is to painstakingly pollinate all the fruit trees with a tiny paintbrush. Beautifully written, this novel really does provide you with a very clear perspective of the potential tragedy of losing bees completely.
Shireen Fisher: The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
is the story of Ella Rubenstein, a housewife who has just hit 40, has three kids and a cheating husband. After years of devoting her life to her family, she starts working at a literary agency as a reader, and the first novel she reads changes her entire life: Sweet Blasphemy is about thirteenth-century poet Rumi and his beloved Sufi teacher, Shams of Tabriz. Shams of Tabriz’s forty rules of love, the Sufi wisdom he lives by, transformed Rumi from a mainstream cleric to a devoted mystic, advocate of love and creator of the ecstatic dance of the whirling dervishes, who dared to cut loose from convention. And so does Ella…
Suzy Brokensha: My daughter has just read and loved Barbara Trapido’s Brother of the More Famous Jack,
and seeing it through her eyes reminded me what a heartbreaking and funny look at relationships, identity and belonging it is.