BOOK OF THE WEEK
MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite, Atlantic Books, £12.99, ebook £5.63
THIS is one funny book, but not in a ha-ha, laugh-out-loud manner. Instead, it’s more in its ability to trigger the feeling that, yes, you can totally imagine getting a call like the one Korede gets from her sibling, Ayoola. And yes, you’d probably have to help if called upon.
Ayoola has stabbed her boyfriend, but conscientious,
climatic, but despite this, the book is an enjoyable insight into a lost world.
loyal Korede is well prepared for the clean-up job. What she’s not prepared for is the newly ‘bereaved’ Ayoola then taking an interest in her rather attractive doctor colleague, Tade.
It’s deftly written, as pointy and sleek as Ayoola’s blade, with Braithwaite incrementally winding up the uneasiness, all the while making you question the motives of the people you love. It’s a swift read that’ll be whirring around in your brain for some time.
associate with the art of book making, The Binding by Bridget Collins – who’s known for her young adult fiction – is rather enigmatic. It sees Emmet, a farmhand, tumbled into a world binding tomes, although it’s not just pages he’s sewing up and keeping safe, but people’s memories, past deeds and regrets.
Then he uncovers a book with his own name on it, containing his own secrets.
Dark and atmospheric – with a seductive love story wound through it – The Binding is the kind of novel that practically demands fireside reading.
JOG ON: HOW RUNNING SAVED MY LIFE by Bella Mackie, William Collins, £12.99, ebook £7.99
BELLA Mackie, the former Guardian journalist, has been plagued by anxiety since adolescence and her mental health was further compromised by the abrupt breakdown of her first marriage.
However, in running she has found solace and therapy, admitting in her first book Jog On, that she no longer feels herself when a day passes and she has not pulled on her trainers. Mackie charts her struggles alongside interesting medical data about the benefits of exercise and anecdotes from friends and colleagues.
At points, the focus on traumas can feel repetitive, but Jog On succeeds in providing a kick of inspiration to those looking to make a change.