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Hive Staff Recommended Reads

With the Bank Holiday approaching, staff at The Hive library have been sharing their recommendations for lockdown reading.

Here are a few of their suggestions:

One of the archive staff is reading The Stubborn Archivist by Yara Rodrigues Fowler: “I hope I work out what it’s about by the time I finish it,” she jokes.

The Princess Bride, by William Goldman: “A comedic take on a classic adventure, witty and heartfelt.”

Circe, by Madeline Miller: “It’s a fantastic book! It takes a small-ish character from The Odyssey and fleshes her out, giving her a fantastic story, which makes you think about the relationship between gods and men.  It’s completely gripping and hard to put down!”

The Body, by Bill Bryson: “It’s a good read, I am learning a lot”.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cika’s Journey, by Heather Morris: “Her novels are must-reads. They’re not light, and they can be difficult to read at times because they’re based on truth, but they are hugely compelling.  It doesn’t take long to become invested in Morris’ characters and her beautifully written stories bring history to life.”

Home Fire, by Kamila Shamsie: “I was initially drawn to this book because it’s loosely based on Antigone so it was my duty, as a classicist, to read it, but oh my gosh it’s such a compelling book! It looks at radicalisation and family loyalty and it’s a really compelling read.”

Grief is a Thing with Feathers, by Max Porter: “This is one you can read in an hour or two.  I actually read it on the bus and it made me cry.  It’s presented as a dialogue between a recent widower and a crow.  Probably the best book I’ve read this year.”

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