Hanya Yanagihara£9.99 £9.29
A story about the lives of four university friends. I am a slow reader and was intimidated by the length of this book but as soon as I opened it, it swept me away. It is maximalist, powerful and heart wrenching. The book itself has more than 20,000 followers on instagram which is a measure of just how connected some readers feel to it, even long after they have put it down.
Niven Govinden£14.99 £13.94
A novel told from the perspective of a successful director attending a film festival, this book is nothing short of a work of art. A captivating nostalgia runs through it and I loved every sentence.
Sathnam Sanghera£18.98 £17.65
A book on how imperialism has shaped modern Britain. Know your history. Not some of it, not just the good bits, but all of it. That is the lesson of this book, which should be required reading for school pupils in Britain.
James Baldwin£8.99 £8.36
A heartbreaking love story published in 1956 but just as powerful and emotive more than 60 years later. If I had found James Baldwin sooner, I would have found myself sooner. I can't recommend this book, and his writing, highly enough.
Rupi Kaur£9.99 £9.29
"This is the journey of surviving through poetry" writes Kaur. This honest and nakedly emotional writing will resonate universally with the human experience, whatever its form.
Kahlil Gibran£6.99 £6.50
Published in 1923, the original self-help book of poetry, the wisdom on these pages will never cease to provide a source of comfort and guidance.
Paul Kalanithi£9.99 £9.29
Written by a neurosurgeon diagnosed with terminal cancer, this memoir about a doctor becoming the patient is one of the best you will ever read.
Audre Lorde£12.99 £12.08
The thought of publishing a very personal memoir filled me with fear but Audre's words, including this immensely powerful line, was galvanising: "While we wait in silence for that final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us".