The F&B Book Club Spring Edition

Well, spring has thrown us a bit of everything so far; glorious sunshine and flurries of snow! Just as we had ideas of packing away winter woollies, we are reminded that this is the UK and the weather is not to be trusted.

So, whether you’re sat in the garden soaking up some rays or sat inside snuggled with a cup of something warm, here’s a handpicked collection of books to get stuck into.

The whodunnit part 2…

The Man Who Died Twice
By Richard Osman

The follow up to Richard Osman’s bestselling phenomenon The Thursday Murder Club.

It's the following Thursday.

Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.

As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn't that be a bonus?

'So smart and funny. Deplorably good.'
Ian Rankin


A book to hug you…

The Comfort Book
By Matt Haig

Reflections on hope, survival and the messy miracle of being alive.

The Comfort Book is a collection of consolations learned in hard times and suggestions for making the bad days better. Drawing on maxims, memoir and the inspirational lives of others, these meditations celebrate the ever-changing wonder of living. This is for when we need the wisdom of a friend or a reminder we can always nurture inner strength and hope, even in our busy world.

'Haig is one of the most inspirational popular writers on mental health of our age.'
The Independent


The year’s most uplifting debut…

Lessons In Chemistry
By Bonnie Garmus

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing.

But it's the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute take a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel-prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with - of all things - her mind. True chemistry results.

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later, Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America's most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn't just teaching women to cook. She's daring them to change the status quo.

'A book that sparks joy with every page… It had me laughing one minute and air-punching the next. Bonnie Garmus has created an unforgettable heroine'
Elizabeth Day


The true story…

House of Gucci
By Sara Gay Forden

On March 27, 1995, Maurizio Gucci, heir to the fabulous fashion dynasty, was slain by an unknown gunman as he approached his Milan office. In 1998, his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani Martinelli–nicknamed "The Black Widow" by the press–was sentenced to 29 years in prison, for arranging his murder.

Did Patrizia murder her ex-husband because his spending was wildly out of control? Did she do it because her glamorous ex was preparing to marry his mistress, Paola Franchi? Or is there a possibility she didn't do it at all?

The Gucci story is one of glitz, glamour and intrigue. Beautifully written and widely acclaimed, The House of Gucci will captivate readers with its page-turning account of high fashion, high finance, and heart-rending personal tragedy.

'Riveting reading.'

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