5 Rainy Day Reads

It might be the start of the summer holidays, but the weatherman certainly doesn’t think so. *Glances out window, sighs*

So, instead of wading through all the crowds trying to fill their day rain-proof attractions, why not pick up a great book? Here’s five of our favourite rainy day reads…

The Neruda Case by Roberto Ampuero

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Find yourself dreaming of exotic shores or sunnier climes? Head abroad (via your imagination) with Roberto Ampuero’s thrilling The Neruda CaseIn 1970s Chile Pablo Neruda, the Nobel Prize-winning poet, is close to death and senses the end of an era in Chilean politics. But there is one final secret he must resolve…you never know, perhaps thinking about all that sunshine will bring the sun out?

Want to know more about Roberto Ampuero? Check out one of our latest blog posts detailing Roberto’s speech at the Cervantes Institute in London.

Warning: When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple by Jenny Joseph

Warning coverWho doesn’t enjoy a few laughs on a rainy Sunday? Voted Britain’s favourite humour poem, this declaration of defiance, so vividly and cleverly expressed , appeals to the rebel in all of us.

“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me”

Simply Gluten Free by Rita Greer

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So it might not exactly be a novel, but a little rain is perfect for some experimental time in the kitchen. Ever thought of trying gluten free food? Well now’s your chance! Rita Greer’s Simply Gluten Free contains recipes for every occasion, whether you’re planning an enormous family dinner or simply spending an afternoon baking with the kids (the gingersnaps are divine).

The Practice by Barb Schmidt

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Weekends are for lie ins, catching up on life and doing the washing, right? Well, why not try something different this weekend…..like mindfulness? The rain might even come in handy – lovely, relaxing background noise. Specifically designed for those who live and lead busy lives, The Practice guides you through a set of practical tools that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine, and there’s no time like the present to get started! The three-steps are:

1. Waking Up: Meditation – to set a peaceful tone for the day
2. Living Present: Sacred Mantra, Focussed Attention, Reading for Inspiration – designed to focus your mind on the moment and provide comfort and support
3. Letting Go: Reflection – a wind-down period to put the events of the day to rest

And, last but not least, one for the kids…

Puppy Dogs’ Tales by Cecil Aldin

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Few people can fail to be charmed and cheered by Cecil Aldin’s mischievous puppies which first came to life on the walls of his children’s nursery, no matter how miserable the weather is outside your window.

Scamp, the mongrel; Poppy, so-called because of her red colouring and Snowball, the white terrier, were lovable rascals always looking for adventure and a stolen snack. Then there was Bill, the bob-tailed pup, who tugged at the heartstrings as he sought friendship but was scorned because of his truncated rear end.

Happy reading all!


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