Mumsnet Book of the Month: Books to read in 2017

Looking for your next good read? Get involved with Mumsnet's Book Club for brilliant book recommendations, free books every month, and discussions with authors themselves – all from the comfort of your own home. Here's what we'll be reading over the next six months

January

January

The Power - Naomi Alderman

Described by the author as 'feminist science fiction', The Power is set in a dystopian world in which young women are able to inflict painful electric shocks on their victims – which results in a complete reversal of the power balance between men and women. Raising many questions about power and gender, this is a fast-paced and breathtaking thriller that will keep you up at night and stay with you well into the next morning.

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Unf*ck Your Habitat - Rachel Hoffman

Unf*ck Your Habitat is perfect reading for the chronic hoarder, offering a no-nonsense approach to embracing a new, less cluttered lifestyle. In January we're offering no fewer than four books to help you make changes in 2017, whether you're planning on a new fitness regime or looking for ways to de-stress or de-clutter. Watch this space.

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February

February

A Boy Made of Blocks - Keith Stuart

Alex struggles to find a way to connect with his autistic son, but when he and Sam discover a mutual love of Minecraft they begin to build a new understanding of each other. Funny and deeply moving, this novel gives a brilliant insight into living with an autistic child and will resonate with anyone who has questioned their own capacity to be a parent.

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All At Sea - Decca Aitkenhead

Journalist Decca Aitikenhead was on holiday in Jamaica with her two very young children when her partner Tony drowned at sea. In this moving and insightful book she describes the aftermath of this tragedy. It is a book about grief, and dealing with the emotional and social complexities of death. It is also a celebration of their relationship, which defied all the odds to endure.

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March

March

Everyone Brave is Forgiven - Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave’s latest novel is an epic novel of love, loss and incredible courage. It follows the stories of three central characters as they navigate their way through the explosions and debris of the second world war. Set between London and Malta, this beautifully written drama raises issues about prejudice, racism and class snobbery and introduces three unforgettable characters.

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Animal - Sara Pascoe

Comedian Sara Pascoe has joked about female sexuality on stage and screen for some time – and her first book, Animal, is written with the sharp wit and honesty of a standup. Combining autobiography with evolutionary and social history, she looks at what moulds and motivates the modern woman. As well as dishing out some very funny insights, she contemplates the more serious aspects of being female – including FGM, body dysmorphia and rape.

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April

April

The Mandibles - Lionel Shriver

It’s 2029, the dollar has collapsed, inflation has sky-rocketed, and food and basics are in short supply. The once wealthy Mandible family grapple to survive as their savings are reduced to dust overnight. Lionel Shriver's dystopian novel is abundant with themes that eerily reflect the US today.

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The Return - Hisham Matar

Hisham Matar was 19 when his father was kidnapped from their family home and taken to prison in Libya. He was never seen again. Twenty-two years later, after the fall of Gaddafi, Hisham returns to his homeland, to find out what really happened to his father. The Return is a deeply moving memoir about war, exile, family and loss. Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award, this book is already being viewed as a modern-day classic.

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May

May

The Tidal Zone - Sarah Moss

If you're not already familiar with Sarah Moss' novels, you're in for a treat. The Tidal Zone is tipped to be her breakout and is a brilliant portrayal of contemporary Britain. Looking at the fallout when a family is confronted with a devastating crisis, true-to-life observations and quick-witted dialogue draw in much wider issues including gender, mortality and the importance of our NHS.

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Quiet Power - Susan Cain

Susan Cain’s first book 'Quiet' became a global phenomenon and inspired millions of people to see the strength and power of being introverted. Her latest book targets adolescents, young adults and parents, and looks at how young people can harness their 'quiet power'. Offering practical advice and illustrated with anecdotes, she presents a new understanding of what it is to be an introvert, in a world where noise and assertion seem to equate success.

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June

June

Commonwealth - Ann Patchett

In her latest novel, Ann Patchett masterfully weaves together the story of a fractured and dysfunctional family, sweeping generations and spanning the width of the USA. Sharply observed, funny, tragic and evocative, Commonwealth proves that Ann Patchett is one of the most versatile novelists of our generation.

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Another Day in the Death of America - Gary Younge

A devastating but hugely important book which strives to tell the stories behind the premature deaths of 10 children killed by gunfire in a single day in America. Journalist Gary Younge chose a day at random and tracked down as many people as he could who were affected by the loss of a loved one to the barrel of a gun. Here, he tells their stories with sensitivity and compassion, and in doing so makes a stark comment on race, politics and gun control (or lack of) in the US today.

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