Best books to read when you're stuck indoors

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Searching for your next page-turner? We've got you covered with a selection of the best books to read – from pacy thrillers and uplifting gems.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

On an island off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year: the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater. But the wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped.

Gripping, addictive and twisty, get swept away in the new murder mystery from the no.1 bestselling author of The Hunting Party.

“The Hunting Party was well-written, fun and page turn-ery. I devoured the last third”

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Saving Missy by Beth Morrey

Saving Missy by Beth Morrey

Missy Carmichael’s life has become small. Grieving for a family she has lost, she’s haunted by the echoes of her footsteps in her empty home; the sound of the radio in the dark; the tick-tick-tick of the watching clock. Spiky and defensive, Missy knows that her loneliness is all her own fault. But a chance encounter in the park opens the door to something new. And soon, another life beckons for Missy – if only she can be brave enough to grasp the opportunity.

Moving, relatable and uplifting, Saving Missy is a Sunday Times bestselling novel about isolation, and ultimately an optimistic reminder about the second chances in life.

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So Lucky by Dawn O'Porter

So Lucky by Dawn O'Porter

Beth shows that women really can have it all; Ruby lives life by her own rules. And then there’s Lauren, living the dream. But is anyone's life as perfect as it looks? Beth hasn’t had sex in a year; Ruby feels like she’s failing, and Lauren’s happiness is fake news. And it just takes one shocking event to make the truth come tumbling out…

So Lucky is the bold and straight-talking new novel from Dawn O’Porter, the bestselling author of The Cows.

“I really enjoyed The Cows – funny in places and had me squirming for some of the characters involved”

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The Binding by Bridget Collins

The Binding by Bridget Collins

Emmett Farmer is a binder’s apprentice. His job is to hand-craft beautiful books and, within each, to capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If you have something you want to forget, or a secret to hide, he can bind it – and you will never have to remember the pain. The books – and secrets – are meticulously stored and recorded in a vault, and one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of the volumes has his name on it.

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life – except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted.

“Eleanor Oliphant was a glorious book, such a gem.”

“I loved this book. I've just finished it, and I'm going to miss Eleanor and Raymond, for me both convincing characters that I've enjoyed rooting for.”

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A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

Now's a good time to get into a series of epic proportions – and what better novels to do so than George R R Martin's bestselling 'Game of Thrones' books? From the fertile south all the way to the frozen north, encounter kings, queens, knights and renegades – all fighting for ultimate power in the world of Westeros.

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“They are absolutely brilliant, I am a huge George RR Martin fan.”

“I have reread them a few times, and every time I am astonished by the level of detail. Everything is so wonderfully described, and I especially love that Martin is not afraid to kill off characters, so when they're in dangerous situations I genuinely worry for them, as they might not get a reprieve.”

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