Whether you’re in the bath, on the sofa or behind a locked door with the lights off and a torch to hand… cash in some hard-earned me-time with our round-up of books that lazy Sundays were made for.
The Year of Living Danishly
One London journalist’s witty account of escaping the mizzle and moving to the so-called happiest place on earth – Denmark. Part memoir, part how-to guide, this book is brimming with facts and statistics to show us how doing it like a Dane (that’s everything from food and taxes to childcare and education) can lead to long-term contentment. Is there a secret formula we can replicate back in blighty? The short answer is, no, but there’s plenty to be borrowed from our Danish cousins – particularly their whatever-the-weather attitude in a country that has up to 17 hours of darkness a day in winter. Draw the curtains, light a candle and give it some hygge.
The Day We Met
An unconventional love story, this book charts the will-they-won’t-they coupling of Stephanie and Jamie, who meet (despite being in committed relationships with other people) and reconnect each year, over a period of ten emotionally charged years. The affair unfolds alternately through both Stephanie and Jamie’s eyes as they fall deeper for one another despite the damage to their respective lives. It’s a story that holds a microscope up to today’s relationships and explores the idea of fate and love being interconnected, and will particularly appeal to those looking to fill the aching void of David Nicholl’s One Day – so everyone, right?
The Girl at the Window
A love story steeped in gothic mystique, this book nods heavily to Wuthering Heights, and is set in the grand Ponden Hall – the same ancient manor house that Emily Bronte visited and is said to have inspired her classic. Protagonist Trudy moves back to Ponden Hall, her old family home, along with her young son to live with her estranged mother after the death of her husband. As she deals with her grief, Trudy connects to the past through her painstaking restoration of Ponden Hall and her subsequent discovery of a mystery told through letters hidden about the old house. The eerie moors provide the perfect backdrop for family melodramas, intrigue and haunting tales of the past – not to be read without a strong cup of Yorkshire blend.
Publisher: Icon Books