As we all start spending more time indoors we turn to the page to escape into imagined worlds that provoke thought, give us a good chuckle and take us to another place.
Whether you’re picking up a paperback, turning on your Kindle, or listening to an audiobook, here’s what we’ve enjoyed recently – and think you will too.
Fleabag: The Scriptures by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Did you see Fleabag when we streamed it at the end of 2019? Or perhaps you saw it when it was live in London? Maybe you love the TV show? Even if you haven’t seen or watched it, The Scriptures is a great entry into Waller-Bridges’ funny, moving story of a young woman navigating family, loss and love.
The Scriptures combines new writing, annotated stage directions and the complete teleplay to deliver an insightful read.
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Currently streaming on BBC iPlayer, Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses explores a reimagined world in which society is divided and Britain is led by a black ruling class. Set across three novels, Blackman follows Callum and Sephy who embark on a forbidden romance while society as they know it begins to crumble around them.
As well as being adapted for TV, Noughts & Crosses is also a stage show by Pilot Theatre.
Jitney by August Wilson
If you’ve read Fences or Two Trains Running you will enjoy Jitney, August Wilson’s powerful play set in 1970’s Pittsburgh. It’s the seventh story in a series of 10 in which Wilson explores a different decade in America’s black history. A total must-read.
Invisible Women: exposing data bias in a world designed for men by Caroline Criado Perez
Caroline Criado Perez recently visited NST City to talk about her book Invisible Women. Her visit coincided with International Women’s Day and we were delighted to welcome a full house to hear Caroline speak about the bias at work in every day society. Perez’s book is insightful, funny and sad, and promises to be unforgettable – for all the right reasons.
The Little Book of Self-Care by Mel Noakes
It’s always good to have a self-care regime in place, and especially now as we hunker down indoors. In an easy-to-read guide, Mel Noakes shares practical advice on how to nurture self-care that works for you. Designed to fuel positive productivity and welcome calm.
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