During May we read and reviewed 10 books. These five were the clear standouts (in no particular order, except of course for number one!)

The Covenant of Water

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Recommended by Feige

I’ve been calling it the best novel I have ever read. Set in 1900 Kerala, South India, a 12-year-old girl is sent by boat to her wedding where she will meet her forty-year-old husband for the first time. It’s a breathtaking read with a rich and layered storyline. The writing is phenomenal.


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The Gentleman from Peru

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Recommended by Feige

The Gentleman from Peru follows a group of college friends marooned in a luxurious hotel on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. It is conversational and philosophical in a whimsical way. It is well written and a short read for those who don’t love a chunky book.


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Butter

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Recommended by Zissy

Butter is a rich novel unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It follows Rika, a news reporter who manages to get Kaji, a notorious gourmet cook accused of killing wealthy businessmen with her food, to converse with her. It’s compulsive, fascinating, at times uncomfortable but most of all it is one you won’t be able to put down. 


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The Story of The Burberry Trench

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Recommended by Feige

This book was such a fun read that was so much more than I was expecting. It is a historical look at how the trench coat came to be, and chronicles the history of Burberry as a brand. It’s also filled with beautiful pictures of the trench through the ages, forming a catalogue of sorts. Don’t blame me if this book makes you want one.

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Timeboxing

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Recommended by Zissy

Timeboxing is one of the most useful books on productivity. It is a guide to the time management method of timeboxing which combines a to-do list with a calendar allowing you to practically allocate tasks according to priority and time. It’s practical, insightful and will have you wanting to create a colour coordinated calendar filled with the tasks you have to complete on any given day, 

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