Louise Beech Recommends........

Each month we'll be asking an author to recommend a few of their favourite reads.

This month, we've asked Hull born Louise Beech, author of Emma's book recommendation of the month, Nothing Else. 

About Louise:

All six of Louise Beech's books have been digital bestsellers. Her novels have been a Guardian Readers' Choice, shortlisted for the Not The Booker Prize, and shortlisted for the RNA Most Popular Romantic Novel Award. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband on the outskirts of Hull.

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"My book choices to recommend are a real mix. I will read just about anything, any genre, any style, any author. I think we learn more by doing this, and of course, as a writer, it inspires me to try all kinds of different voices. You’ll see there are a few non-fiction books here, two of them memoirs, and both of them speaking out about difficult lives. In Unbroken, Madeleine shares the story of her life after a brutal gang rape, her journey to recovery and forgiveness, and overcoming shame. Nanette by comedian Hannah Gadsby is in a similar vein, but also explores homophobia and the crippling shame this causes. I’m a huge Marilyn Monroe fan so loved Michelle Morgan’s book about her time in England. Jodi Picoult is an old favourite who I often return to, and this was the first book I read inspired by the pandemic – it’s very clever and super emotional. The Vacation, Complicit, and Mad Woman are three new ones, the first a rewrite of John Marrs’ debut novel, my favourite by him, the second a topical look at Hollywood #metoo issues, and the latter a historical drama.  My other favourites are My Dark Vanessa and A Little Life. Hanya’s masterpiece might just be my all-time favourite."