_____ Picks My Next Read

___ picks my next read #2

Hello my loves!

Today’s post is part of a new series on my blog; ___ picks my next read. For the month of July, I asked my favourite bookseller to pick one for me. Emma picked An Unremarkable Body by Elisa Lodato. You can read my full review of this wonderful book here.

As for the month of August, I have asked the lovely Poppy to pick one for me. Poppy is the Senior Publicity Manager at Orion books, and over the last couple of months has become my favourite publicist. She is so clearly passionate about her work, and her taste is book is just wonderful. So what is my August book I hear you ask? Well…

Poppy has picked The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell!


Maggie O’Farrell takes readers on a journey to the darker places of the human heart, where desires struggle with the imposition of social mores. This haunting story explores the seedy past of Victorian asylums, the oppression of family secrets, and the way truth can change everything.

In the middle of tending to the everyday business at her vintage clothing shop and sidestepping her married boyfriend’s attempts at commitment, Iris Lockhart receives a stunning phone call: Her great-aunt Esme, whom she never knew existed, is being released from Cauldstone Hospital – where she has been locked away for over sixty years. Iris’s grandmother Kitty always claimed to be an only child. But Esme’s papers prove she is Kitty’s sister, and Iris can see the shadow of her dead father in Esme’s face. Esme has been labeled harmless – sane enough to coexist with the rest of the world. But Esme’s still basically a stranger, a family member never mentioned by the family, and one who is sure to bring life-altering secrets with her when she leaves the ward. If Iris takes her in, what dangerous truths might she inherit?

Maggie O’Farrell’s intricate tale of family secrets, lost lives, and the freedom brought by truth will haunt readers long past its final page.

And there we have it! My next pick for my _____ picks my next read, series. If you’d like to follow Poppy, which you absolutely should, you can find her here. I’ll have a new one every month! Keep your eyes peeled for freelance writer, author, book blogger, friend and booktuber!

Peace and pages

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