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Lisa Jewell Invisible Girl

Hidden Gem | Lisa Jewell Interview

We were thrilled to welcome million-copy-bestseller Lisa Jewell to the Love Your Library podcast virtual studios for this episode. Who wasn’t gripped by her previous psychological thriller – The Family Upstairs – which was number one in the charts in last summer? For her brand new novel, Invisible Girl, the setting is north London, where Lisa delivers an engrossing, twisty story of how we look in the wrong places for bad people. It’s rightly been described as a masterclass in character, and on how to write with pace and tension. The publishers, Penguin, have kindly sent us a beautiful hardback copy of Invisible Girl to give away through our Hampshire Libraries’ Facebook page in August.

Mary and Kate also met up online with Hattie, who writes the Hampshire Library Service’s emailed newsletter, to talk about Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler which is one of the unlimited audiobooks on BorrowBox this month. Vinegar Girl is one of the modern retellings of Shakespeare’s plays commissioned by Hogarth Press to mark the 400th anniversary of his death. Other commissions include Jo Nesbo’s version of MacBeth, and Margaret Atwood’s version of The Tempest (Hag-Seed).


If you liked this episode, you’ll love our interviews with Ann Cleeves, Cara Hunter and Louise Doughty.


Other titles in our unlimited collection for August include:

Small Change by Dan Ariely
Renowned economist Dan Ariely explains how our irrational behaviour often interferes with our best intentions when it comes to managing our finances.

  • Know Me Now by C J Carver
    A gripping suspense thriller and Hampshire Libraries’ August virtual book club read.
  • Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter
    The first in the iconic Inspector Morse series.
  • The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry
    A gripping historical crime novel set in 19th century Edinburgh.
  • Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
    The book which inspired the film of the same name: a Russian agent targets a young CIA operative to uncover a senior-ranking mole at the heart of Russian Intelligence.
  • Run by Mandasue Heller
    A gritty story of Manchester’s criminal underworld.
  • The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
    The award-winning debut novel about life on the fringes of Ireland’s post-crash society.
  • Evie and the Animals by Matt Haig
    An enchanting new chapter book for children, from the number one bestselling author


Visit our Summer Reading Challenge website for primary school aged children to sign up to our annual challenge to read six books over the holidays.


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