Brighton Girls' Recommended Reads, June 2017

We know you're just dying to get your hands on a new book to enjoy on holiday, in the park or at the beach this summer. Lose yourself in ones of these recommended reads from our very own Brighton Girls. 

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

Four women, bored and frustrated by their lives in England, rent a castle in Italy together for a month. Despite being written in 1922, the characters’ inner lives are surprisingly relatable. A classic holiday read that takes you back in time, and makes you feel like a classy woman who takes afternoon tea and owns a multiplicity of hats.

Born a Crime By Trevor Noah

The autobiography of Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who grew up mixed-race in apartheid-era South Africa. The stories range from cute and funny to dark and upsetting, and give you a glimpse of one of the modern world’s most notorious regimes through the perspective of a normal kid just trying to survive it.

- Ciara

My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal

Based on the story of a young boy who has a difficult start in life, his struggles as he learns about family, love and belonging. The entire book is written in the third person which is a bit difficult when you first read, however, once you get used to it, its the kind of book that you struggle to put down. I haven't finished yet and I have my fingers crossed for a happy ending!

- Amara

You can't touch my hair, and other things I still have to explain by Pheobe Robinson

As a curly girl with hair that unwanted hands reach out to touch on occasion, this title spoke to me. Not to mention that it's written by the pee-your-pants funny Pheobe of 2 Dope Queens. The book follows Pheobe's hair journey, a key part of black women's experience in the US (and UK), peppered with jokes and anecdotes along the way. If there's one thing I love about this book, it's that Pheobe writes exactly how she speaks on the podcast (which is not easy to do) and it has me laughing out loud on the regular. 

- Sofaya

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Despite the title, this book is not about a hedgehog. Instead it is about philosophy and class consciousness. Events and ideas are described by Renée - a humourous and cultured concierge with an addiction to television who scrutinises the lives of the building’s tenants and Paloma - a twelve-year-old girl who lives in the elegant apartment building. When the wealthy Ozu arrives both their lives change. A feel-good book that is both charming and moving. A perfect summer read.

- Clare

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