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Spring Torrents

Returning to Russia from a tour in Italy, twenty-three-year-old Dimitry Sanin breaks his journey in Frankfurt, where he encounters the beautiful Gemma Roselli, who works in her parents' patisserie, and falls deeply and deliriously in love for the first time. Convinced that nothing can come in the way of everlasting happiness with his fiancee, Dimitry impetuously decides to begin a new life and sell his Russian estates. But when he meets the potential buyer, the intriguing Madame Polozov, his youthful vulnerability makes him prey for a darker, destructive infatuation.

A novel of...
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Jonny GellerSome brilliant book recommendations below. Mine would be Spring Torrents by Turgenev (Source)

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They made Britain Great. Now it's our turn.
Many associate the Victorian era with austere social attitudes and filthy factories. But in this bold and provocative book, Jacob Rees-Mogg -- leading Tory MP and prominent Brexiteer -- takes up the story of twelve key figures to paint a very different picture of the age, one of bright ambition, bold self-belief and determined industriousness. Whether through Peel?s commitment to building free trade, Palmerston's deft diplomacy in international affairs, or Brunel's incredible engineering feats, the Victorians transformed the nation and...
Recommended by Jonny Geller, Benedict King, and 2 others.

Jonny GellerGreat hatchet job on Jacob Rees-Mogg’s new book by Dominic Sandbrook. Though I suspect we will see “astonishing” The Times, on the paperback (Source)

Benedict KingOn 23 May this year, the day of the European elections that were never supposed to happen, Jacob Rees-Mogg, member of parliament and the presiding genius of the anti-EU European Reform Group, published his first book, The Victorians: Twelve Titans who Forged Britain. The book has been widely panned as “staggeringly silly” and very bad history. But Rees-Mogg is not really writing history, he’s got... (Source)

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An intensely powerful new novel from the best-selling author of The Bastard of Istanbul and Honour

'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of oxygen. But they did not shut down. Not right away...'

For Leila, each minute after her death brings a sensuous memory: the taste of spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a son; the sight...

Nicola SturgeonThis is the book I’m most looking forward to over the next few weeks. ⁦@Elif_Safak⁩ is one of my favourite contemporary writers and this is a brilliant review in @FT - “10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World - lush, rich, lucid” (Source)

Jonny GellerThis beautiful book by the inspiring Elif Shafak is published today. Please: Buy it. Read it. Recommend it. You won’t regret it! (Source)

Peter FlorenceI’m intrigued by the fact that this is a second or third language; she seems to have absolute control of the poetry, and at the same time the ability to conjure characters who, in a way, absolutely don’t feel at all like characters. They feel like people. It’s a great trick of fiction, and she does it beautifully. (Source)

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Judy MurrayGreat quote from @Matthewsyed latest book Rebel Ideas : “When people from a singular background are placed into a decision-making group, they are liable to become collectively blind”. Diverse leadership teams + diverse workforces r proven to bring the best returns on investment. (Source)

Nihal ArthanayakeIt's a fascinating book called Rebel Ideas by Matthew Syed. (Source)

Jonny GellerMatthew Syed’s brilliant book, Rebel Ideas, serialised in Times today. The argument is we work better in politics, business and society if we work with people different to ourselves. Fascinating take on how diversity is critical to innovation, problem solving and progress. (Source)

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American Dirt

También de este lado hay sueños. On this side, too, there are dreams.

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he...
Recommended by Bryony Gordon, Jonny Geller, and 2 others.

Bryony GordonEveryone must read this book by @jeaninecummins. I cannot stop talking about it. I want to immediately start reading it all over again. Utterly magnificent. (Source)

Jonny GellerThink this the best (non Curtis Brown) book I read last year. (Source)

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Three Women

Journalist Taddeo reports on the risks women take to fulfill their sexual desires. The result of eight years and thousands of hours of interviews, the book describes how each of her three subjects is undone by an intimate relationship that eventually damaged her.

Maggie, a troubled 23-year-old in Fargo, N.Dak., recalls how her high school English teacher seduced her at 17 after learning she'd slept with a man twice her age. When he's named statewide teacher of the year five years later, she reports their affair to the police; townspeople quickly label her "a freaky slut."

Gwyneth PaltrowI literally could not put it down. An unflinching dissection of female desire so poetically described, I forgot it was nonfiction. Lisa Taddeo makes a gorgeous, unabashed debut. Wow. (Source)

Elizabeth GilbertI can’t remember the last time a book affected me as profoundly as Three Women. Lisa Taddeo is a tireless reporter, a brilliant writer, and a storyteller possessed of almost supernatural humanity. As far as I’m concerned, this is a nonfiction literary masterpiece at the same level as In Cold Blood—and just as suspenseful, bone-chilling, and harrowing, in its own way. I know already that I will... (Source)

Esther PerelThree Women offers a fascinating excavation of the intricacies of love and desire, where they conspire and where they conflict. Read this book. You will forever rethink the erotics of women. (Source)

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