Happy Easter week­end read­ing!

Four FAIR­LADY team-rec­om­mended reads – old and new – good enough to dis­tract you, al­beit briefly, from the Easter eggs.

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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.

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