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The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

March 31, 2021

Emotional and uplifting, the most heartwarming debut fiction novel of 2021

Widower Mukesh lives a quiet life after the loss of his wife Naina. He shops every Wednesday, goes to Temple, and worries about his disinterested granddaughter, Priya, who tucks herself away reading whilst he watches David Attenborough.

Aleisha is working at the local library on Harrow Road for the summer when she discovers a crumpled-up piece of paper in the back of To Kill A Mockingbird with a list of books that she’s never heard of before – let alone read. In turn, each story on the reading list gives up its magic, transporting Aleisha away from the painful realities she’s facing at home.

And when Mukesh arrives at the library, desperate to forge a connection with his bookworm of a granddaughter, Aleisha discovers that the reading list will be a lifeline for him too. And so begins a new chapter between two lonely souls, who’ll learn that fiction can teach them a whole lot about real life…

Published 22nd July 2021 | Hardback | 9780008391324 | RRP £14.99


If you’re a bookseller in the UK or Ireland and you’d like an advance reading copy of The Reading List please send your request, along with your name and bookshop address, to Ammara at independentthinking@harpercollins.co.uk.

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