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Bridget Jones’s Baby
(Bridget Jones: book 4)
Helen Fielding
(UK: Vintage, @vintagebooks, 2017; USA: Vintage, @VintageAnchor, 2017)

Before motherhood, before marriage, Bridget – with biological clock ticking very, very loudly – finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at the eleventh hour: a joyful pregnancy which is dominated, however, by a crucial but terribly awkward question – who is the father? Mark Darcy: honourable, decent, notable human rights lawyer? Or Daniel Cleaver: charming, witty, notable fuckwit?

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Recommended by:
Leena Normington

Towards the End of Morning
Michael Frayn
(UK: @FaberBooks, 2015; USA: @Valancourt_B, 2015)

Set in the waning years of London’s Fleet Street, this is the story of John Dyson and his colleagues in the crossword and nature-notes section of an obscure London newspaper. The ambitious young Dyson dreams wistfully of trading his dead-end job for the fame and fortune to be found in a career in television. But when he finally gets his big break – an invitation to appear on a TV program – it turns out instead to be the beginning of a series of hilarious disasters …

Regarded by many as the best novel ever written about journalists, Michael Frayn’s brilliantly funny Towards the End of the Morning (1967) is justly celebrated as a classic.

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Recommended by:
Paul Atherton, Managing Director, Simple (TV) Productions Ltd (film/television)

Paul says: ‘Capturing the last moments of fleet street by my favourite playwright.’

Paul has recently run a campaign to raise awareness of the Homeless in London by Living in a Car for a year. You can follow his progress via Twitter @LondonersLondon using the hashtag #LivingInACar

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman
(UK: HarperCollins, @HarperCollinsUK, 2018; USA: Penguin Books, @penguinusa, 2018)

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend … Eleanor Oliphant is happy. 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 – whilst searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life … Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than ‘fine’?

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Recommended by:
Hannah O’Brien (2, Gamon), Fiction Marketing Director, and Sarah Shea (1), Senior Marketing Manager, HarperCollins

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
(Hundred-Year-Old Man: book 1)
Jonas Jonasson
(UK: Abacus Books, @AbacusBooks, 2015; USA: Hachette Books, @HachetteBooks, 2012)

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn’t want to begin. His 100th birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not …

Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, Allan’s earlier life is revealed. A life in which – remarkably – he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.

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Recommended by:
Judith Robinson

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
Jonas Jonasson
(UK: Fourth Estate Books, @4thEstateBooks, 2014; USA: Ecco, @eccobooks, 2015)

Nombeko Mayeki was never meant to be a hero. Born in a Soweto shack, she seemed destined for a short, hard life. But now she is on the run from the world‘s most ruthless secret service, with three Chinese sisters, twins who are officially one person and an elderly potato farmer. Oh, and the fate of the King of Sweden – and the world – rests on her shoulders.

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Recommended by:
Judith Robinson

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged
(Sofia Khan: book 1)
Ayisha Malik
(UK: Twenty7 Books, @BonnierZaffre, 2016)

Sofia Khan is single once more, after her sort-of-boyfriend proves just a little too close to his parents. And she’d be happy that way too, if her boss hadn’t asked her to write a book about the weird and wonderful world of Muslim dating. Of course, even though she definitely isn’t looking for love, to write the book she does need to do a little research …

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Recommended by:
Leena Normington

Puckoon
Spike Milligan
(UK: Penguin Books, @PenguinUKBooks, 1973)

In 1924 the Boundary Commission is tasked with creating the new official division between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Through incompetence, dereliction of duty and sheer perversity, the border ends up running through the middle of the small town of Puckoon.

Houses are divided from outhouses, husbands separated from wives, bars are cut off from their patrons, churches sundered from graveyards. And in the middle of it all is poor Dan Milligan, our feckless protagonist, who is taunted and manipulated by everyone (including the sadistic author) to try and make some sense of this mess …

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Recommended by:
David Stark

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 [3/4]
(Adrian Mole: book 1)
Sue Townsend
(UK: Puffin, @PuffinBooks, 2002; USA: HarperTeen, @harperteen, 2003)

Friday January 2nd. I felt rotten today. It’s my mother’s fault for singing ‘My Way’ at two o’clock in the morning at the top of the stairs. Just my luck to have a mother like her. There is a chance my parents could be alcoholics. Next year I could be in a children’s home … Meet Adrian Mole, a hapless teenager providing an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life.

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Recommended by:
Anita Maguire at JBF Gala

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