The Penguin team spend the majority of our day talking about books, and the rest of it reading them. Here are our favourite new reads for April.
In The Order of Time I learn that time is like holding a snowflake in your hand; as you study it, it melts and vanishes. Carlo Rovelli has a rare gift. He offers readers like me* the opportunity to experience the wonder of complex scientific ideas. Better still, one of Rovelli’s biggest fans, Benedict Cumberbatch, has recorded the audiobook.
*i.e. those with little knowledge of physics
If you are looking for an inspiring read then look no further than Deborah Levy’s newest offering. The second instalment of her ‘living autobiography’ explores life-changing events in Levy’s life. Yet despite these sad and tragic events, I found this book incredibly uplifting and full of hope. A short but powerful read.
I was a big fan of Kirsty Logan’s alluring first book, The Gracekeepers, so I couldn’t wait to read The Gloaming, and it didn’t disappoint. The story follows a family living on a remote Scottish island, whose inhabitants slowly turn to stone. An utterly bewitching read that toes the line between fairytale and reality, this is a story of love, grief and, of course, mermaids.
Actress and writer Ruth Jones’ debut is a gripping story of what happens when the ex that broke your heart turns up again, just when you thought you had your life sorted. Most of us have experienced or witnessed a messy breakup, and this book ponders that age-old question - what if the grass is greener?
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