June 2020: Introducing the Baycroft Book club

Keeping busy during lockdown is no easy task. But don’t worry, we’re here with some great book recommendations to keep you and your loved ones entertained.

Whether you’re catching up on Zoom or Google Hangouts, books are a great way to add some structure to your family conversations. To help you get that little bit closer to family members, we’ve decided to launch the Baycroft Book Club.

You’ll see it included in our newsletter each month. But to kick things off, we’ve decided to go all out with a selection of fantastic reads. Whatever you choose, remember to keep your conversations flexible and breezy. We even have a special section at the end for the grandkids. Here are our top reads for June:

A Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman

A grumpy old man finds his solitary life turned upside down when a boisterous family moves next door. With a strict regimen and a fiery temper, Ove is not the best-loved member of the neighbourhood. So, when the new neighbours accidentally flatten his mailbox, Ove is set on a path to confront them. What comes next is a tale of dishevelled cats and unlikely friendship. It has sold more than a million copies and recently featured on the New York Times bestseller list.

Circe

By Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller’s retelling of The Odyssey from the perspective of Circe — the island-bound witch that turns Odysseus’ men to pigs — has won just about every award going. It was number one on the New York Times bestseller list and was the GoodReads2018 book of the year. Why should you read it? Well, most people are already familiar with the story of Odysseus. It also works as a first-hand account of the greatest hits of the Greek world: Prometheus and his endless punishment; Jason and the Golden Fleece; and Daedalus and his son Icarus. It’s a feminist reworking of some of the greatest tales ever told.

Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing sold more print copies than any other adult title in 2019, according to NPD BookScan. It tells the story of Kya Clark — a young girl abandoned by her dysfunctional family in North Carolina’s isolated marshes. Her battle with isolation and loneliness may be one of the reasons why the book has resonated with so many readers. But some say it bucks the trend of algorithmic-driven content and delivers something truly fresh. Such is its popularity that Merriam-Webster added “crawdad” to its list of the top 10 words of 2019.

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

By Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

79-year-old Martha Anderson dreams of escaping her run-down care home and robbing a bank, reads the blurb for Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg’s book. Sick of curfews and eating from plastic trays, Anderson convinces her four best friends to form The League of Pensioners — a Robin Hood type outfit to help forgotten seniors. What begins as a robbery of a nearby hotel quickly escalates into a crime spree, with the mafia and police hot on their trail. Will they end up in the ‘Baycroft of Stockholm’ or locked behind bars?

Natives: Race And Class In The Ruins Of Empire

By Akala

With this book, we turn to more serious matters. In recent months, thousands of people across the UK went out to support the Black Lives Matter protests. To see why so many people felt the need to leave their homes, Natives (by award-winning rapper, journalist and author Akala) is a good place to start. Part autobiography and part historical analysis, Natives explores race and class over a variety of era of British history and tracks some of the author’s defining moments.

Hey Grandude!

By Paul McCartney

Written by Paul McCartney (of Beatles fame), Grandude is an action-packed adventure story with illustrations by Kathryn Durst. An intrepid explorer, Grandude often whisks his grandchildren off on incredible adventures. The story was inspired by McCartney’s own experience of being a grandfather to eight grandchildren. He penned some of the world’s best songs — but does Grandude have anything on ‘Hey Jude’.

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