Presenting The Watersones Books of the Month for July!
The July selection is laced with history and inheritance, from a tender debut that toasts loves lost and won, to a Raj-era mystery, a children’s adventure built on the results of climate change and a must-read examination of a tussle for supremacy in the Middle East.
When All is Said – Anne Griffin
Containing echoes of the poignant retrospection of Rachel Joyce and Joanna Cannon, When All is Said is a powerful and tender depiction of ordinary existence in all its flawed and quiet glory, as seen through one man’s twilight-hour toasts to five people who defined his life. Irish writer Anne Griffin packs a lifetime into her accomplished five-act debut and the result is a novel that sings with warmth, humour and compassion.
As in her Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winning debut, Artichoke Hearts, Sita Brahmachari demonstrates a rare ability to blend personal stories and big ideas into a heart-winning whole. In a caste-divided, dystopian world where bees have died out and the poor labour as farm-hands, two children risk everything in search of a better life. Inspired by current environmental concerns and tackling themes of inequality, courage and social justice, Where the River Runs Gold is an adventure built on the enduring hope of a better, fairer future.
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