books: september

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September has been a bit of a bookish month for me. I’ve finally had a bit more time to catch-up some old favourites and some new ones. Here’s my top three:

LILY ALLEN: MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY

Nothing is off-limits for Lily Allen in My Thoughts Exactly. From fleeting joy to frequent anxiety about her unusual predicament, My Thoughts Exactly is a cautionary tale of someone thrust into the spotlight before she was ready. As someone who has spent her life splashed across the tabloids, it becomes clear that Lily is used to having her story told. But, in this moving memoir - you’ll see that this is very much her story. For once, Lily is in control.

SALLY ROONEY: CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS

Conversations with friends tells the story of Frances.

Frances and Bobbi, two best friends in their early twenties who used to date and occasionally sleep together, fall for Nick and Melissa, a couple in their thirties. Frances begins an affair with Nick, threatening her relationship with Bobbi and allowing her to find some independence. As usual Rooney writes with people in mind, fascinated by social interactions and the power they have over us.

MARY PORTAS: WORK LIKE A WOMAN

Part memoir, part manifesto, Mary Portas discusses the challenges of being both feminine and feminist. Highlighting topics from creativity to boundaries, Work like a Woman is the ultimate guide to the modern workplace.

Lifestyle, BOOKSCharlotte Moore