8 Inspiring Books To Read During Lockdown

We have a romance set in the Dark Ages, a guide to finding happiness by a bird watcher and a gripping mystery series set in Canada. Keep scrolling to find your perfect read.

Animal by Sara Pascoe

“Sara combines factual information with stories from her own life to discuss the role of women (and their bodies) in society. It’s thoroughly interesting, informative and, as you’d expect, rather funny in places too. I found the content relatable, and she doesn’t shy away from difficult topics. A brilliant book for all as my boyfriend also read it and found it eye-opening. Warning: Not necessarily one to read in a public place due to some of the diagrams, as I found out to my detriment on a train!” Catherine (Fundraising)

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

“Possibly one of the most beautiful books I’ve read. I read this back in spring, and I still think about it! Within the book, there’s a mix of nature, growth and acceptance. There are also some lovely poems throughout. For years, rumours of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect Kya.” Emma (Marketing Manager)

The Evening and The Morning by Ken Follett

“This historical romance is set at the end of the dark ages and follows a Norman noblewoman, boat builder and a priest as their lives become intertwined. It’s about 900 words, and I was worried it might be a bit terse, and that so much would need to be explained of that era that it would ruin the story, but it’s beautifully written and gripping.” Sam (PR Executive)

Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide To Happiness by Bill Bailey

“Bill usually writes books about bird-watching but as the winner of the Strictly Come Dancing 2020 we know he’s multi-talented. If you’re looking for some fresh inspiration on finding simplicity and clarity to the endless background noise of anxiety-inducing news chatter, this book is it!. It makes a great gift for anyone seeking happiness. It’s my slice of comfort.” Jo (Social Media Executive)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

“The main character Eleanor is a social misfit who with a traumatic past becomes enamoured with a singer who she believes she is destined to be with. However, after striking up a friendship with a work colleague, she begins a journey from isolation and loneliness to a fuller understanding of herself and life. I really liked it.” Jane (Chandler’s Ford Centre Manager)

Theft Of Swords by Michael J Sullivan

“A brilliant introduction to a pair of mercenaries who can’t help but do the right thing. Royce and Hadrian are loveable rogues who get into adventures whilst just trying to earn a living. Great series if you like a fantasy novel of epic proportion. Lots of twists and turns, and a well crafted ending – when you get there. Sad to finish the series, then really pleased he did some stand-alone prequels, which didn’t disappoint.” Sarah (Head Office Manager)

Polar Bear Dawn and Pipeline Killers by Lyle Nicholson

“If you like detective novels you’ll like this one. The story looks like a clear cut case; however, don’t be fooled! The female Mountie detective is a likeable character who goes with her intuition. Although right, it doesn’t often enamour her to her superiors. Enjoying the series, it hasn’t lost its pace or intrigue. Currently reading the next in the series ‘Pipeline Killers,’ the female Mountie tries to untangle a case of industrial espionage in frozen Canada.” Sarah (Head Office Manager)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

“I recommend this heart-warming read which is now a major film (can be found on Netflix). A London-based writer begins exchanging letters with residents on the German-occupied island of Guernsey, during WWII. Feeling compelled to visit the island, she starts to get a picture of what it was like during the occupation.” Wendy (Waterside Centre Manager)

We’d love to hear what you’ve been enjoying this winter in your reading corner – email us at wct@wessexcancer.org.uk or send us a Facebook message.