11 Must-Read Books, Recommended By The SheerLuxe Team | sheerluxe.com
Here at SL HQ, we love a good book – and so what better excuse than National Read a Book Day on 6th September to recommend a few of our favourites. From major new fiction releases and bestsellers from the past year, to under-the-radar oldies you may not have heard of, these are the best books our bibliophile team members have read in 2018 so far…
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This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay

“An eye-opening and laugh-out-loud exposé from an ex-junior doctor on the frontline, written in secret whilst working 97-hour weeks in a hospital. The NHS is a lot worse off without him – and if you've ever douted whose side to be on in the junior doctor debate, this book will make it very clear.”

– Georgie Coleridge Cole, Founder & Editor

The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

“The protagonist in this book captured me from the first page. Loosely based the author’s own youth, 15-year old Anais has failed by the social care system, yet is as witty, warm and moral as she is troubled and angsty. Set in a modern Scotland-cum-alternate reality (think Irvine Welsh-meets-Margaret Atwood), it’s a classic coming-of-age tale that’s, at times, a harrowing read.”

– Astrid Carter, Deputy Editor

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

“If, like me, you’re into meaty books you can sink your teeth – but ones that aren’t too difficult to read or 1,000 pages long, this should be at the top of your reading list. A story about friendship, families and what mother/daughter relationships mean, there's a reason it has already been optioned by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.”

– Charlotte Collins, Fashion Editor

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

“It’s nothing brand new, but I read this recently and it was easy to see why this funny, moving novel dominated the charts last year. Awkward, lonesome Eleanor Oliphant learns to confront her illusions, break away from tired habits in order to rediscover herself and start anew.”

– Lu Hough, Head of Fashion & Product

The Woman In The Window by AJ Finn

“Hailed as the biggest thriller of 2018 (and, at present, I’d have to agree) you’ll want to read this dark, twisty novel before the major film – starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman and Julianne Moore – is released next autumn. With an unreliable alcoholic-playing-detective for a protagonist, it’s easy to see why comparisons have been drawn with The Girl on the Train (oh, and the title), but in my opinion this is the clear better of the two.”

– Rosy Cherrington, Features Editor

The Last Romeo by Justin Myers

“The first novel from journalist Justin Myers is no different than his witty Gay Times features and Guardian blind date columns – I demolished it in a day. Sharply narrated and packed with quotable one-liners, the story centres on newly-single James, who begins blogging about his humdrum dates as a way to keep his friends entertained, until he goes a step too far. This is celebrity-obsessed world with a deft touch.”

– Heather Steele, Lifestyle Editor

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

“Focusing on an intense, warped relationship between teenager Turtle and her dad Martin, this page-turner is so complicated and twisted you’ll never know how it’s going to end.”

– Pascale Day, Features Writer

The Wives by Lauren Weisberger

“Who doesn't love The Devil Wears Prada? This sequel that looks at Emily's life after Runway is a seriously feelgood book, and I can’t wait for the film to be made.”

– Mia Luckie, Marketing Manager

Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

"Journalist Dolly Alderton reflects on the trials and tribulations of being a twenty-something. From her vodka-laced university days, resulting in an unfortunate underwear faux pas at a house party, to how a blog post helped her get a job with the Made In Chelsea production team, intertwined with everything she knows about love. I laughed and cried. Dolly's writing is truly magic."

– Hattie Cotmore, Content Coordinator

How To Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell

“A compelling memoir from a former-Condée Nast beauty editor exploring the battle between success and addiction, showing the darker side to the glamorous industry.”

– Anna Orlandi, Fashion Assistant

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

“By far the most powerful love story I’ve ever read, this book was wish me days after I finished reading it. The first of a historical romance trilogy, it explores family loyalty during times of hardship.”

– Nerissa Templin, Content Coordinator

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