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The Book Doctors Recommendations: March 2019

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This month our Book Doctors are two indie bookshops from opposite ends of the country: Fleur Sinclair from The Sevenoaks Bookshop in Kent and Richard Drake from the eponymous Drake the Bookshop in Stockton-in-Tees. 

Both bookshops have been nominated as regional finalists for the British Book Awards Independent Bookshop of the Year so their advice should be well worth taking. 

Caroline, a teacher from Cornwall, likes fiction - especially big family sagas - and the last book she read was Winter by Ali Smith and her favourite ever book was The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber. She's looking for a 'big, immersive book - something long and satisfying'. What would the Book Doctors prescribe? 

Fleur said that a good big read would be Washington Black by Esi Edugyan: "One of the most enjoyable novels I read last year. Very big, very ambitious... it sweeps the reader along. But there's so much meaty rich stuff in it."

Richard's recommendation was the Century Trilogy by Ken Follet starting with Fall of Giants. "If you're after a big immersive book... this is the one. You get Ken Follet's really good way of intertwining fictional characters with actual events. I think it's a brilliant series."

The next reader was Angelo, 21, a student from Nottingham. He's looking for something light hearted and funny - the last books he read were Catch 22 and Farenheit 451, so possibly some science fiction? 

Fleur deferred to her colleague Grace for this one as sci-fi was a little outside her comfort zone. Grace recommended Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - "It's been made into a film recently so hopefully he should know it... it's a crazy blend of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets The Matrix."

Richard's recommendation was anything by Gavin Extence because he felt Angelo's taste suggested a strong affinity for Kurt Vonnegut. "Anything by Gavin Extence is briliant but The Universe versus Alex Woods would be my recommendation as a nod to Kurt Vonnegut."

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Esi Edugyan

4.39 out of 5

10 reviews

Inspired by a true story, Washington Black is the extraordinary tale of a world destroyed and made whole again.

Ken Follett

0.00 out of 5

1 review

From number one bestseller Ken Follett, Fall of Giants is an epic of love, hatred, revolution and as the Great War begins, the lives of five families become entwined forever.

Ernest Cline

0.00 out of 5

1 review

And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS - and his massive fortune - will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.

Gavin Extence

0.00 out of 5

1 review

A tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero and an improbable journey... This novel might just strike you as one of the funniest, most heartbreaking novels you've ever read.