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The lat­est reads to devour

Nov­el­ist Sarah Wa­ters shares the books that make her laugh, cry and think. The film The Lit­tle Stranger,

based on her best-sell­ing novel, will be re­leased in cin­e­mas on 21 Septem­ber. ◆ THE LAST BOOK THAT MADE ME LAUGH THE MAN WHO HAS IT ALL, which is based on the hi­lar­i­ous Twit­ter ac­count of the same name. It par­o­dies the pa­tro­n­is­ing ad­vice reg­u­larly thrown at ‘work­ing mums’, of­fer­ing tips to ‘ca­reer dads’ on how to be a wow in the of­fice and at home with­out sur­ren­der­ing style, sex­i­ness or ‘me-time’. ◆ THE LAST BOOK THAT MADE ME CRY I hardly ever cry at books, but I al­ways have a lit­tle weep over Anna and Vron­sky in ANNA KARENINA by LEO TOLSTOY. ◆ THE BOOK THAT CHANGED THE WAY I THINK MOHSIN HAMID’S beau­ti­fully imag­i­na­tive novel EXIT WEST, which cap­tures all the trauma of war, mi­gra­tion and en­forced ex­ile yet is ul­ti­mately full of hope. ◆ THE BOOK THAT GOT ME THROUGH A DIF­FI­CULT TIME When I suf­fered from in­som­nia a few years ago, I lis­tened to an au­dio book of SWANN’S WAY in bed, in the hope that PROUST’S fa­mously long and in­volved sen­tences would send me off to sleep. In fact, I found them so be­guil­ing that I stayed awake to lis­ten! But they helped get me through dark hours. ◆ THE BOOK THAT I GIVE MOST OF­TEN TO OTH­ERS Any­thing by PA­TRICK HAMIL­TON, because he isn’t well-known enough, and his nov­els are won­der­ful. THE SLAVES OF SOLI­TUDE, a painfully funny study of wartime man­ners in a Bri­tish board­ing house, is one of his best.

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