Life getting you down? Pick yourself up with these new titles

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Life getting you down? Pick yourself up with these new titles

If the prior novels of these authors or reviews of their latest books are anything to go by, it should be easy

Sunday Times Book Editor

Like everyone else, I am in the doldrums. I quite like that word. Merriam-Webster defines it as “a spell of listlessness or despondency” or “a state or period of inactivity, stagnation, or slump”. It became a nautical term in the 19th century to refer to the belt around Earth near the equator, where sailing ships sometimes get stuck because there is no wind. Before that, though, in the late 18th century, doldrum was a dull, sluggish person. That’s me, today, in a flannel nutshell. 

I need some anti-doldrum reading and July has a few new titles to get excited about. OK, maybe to feel some sort of enthusiasm for ...

First on my list is Animal by Lisa Taddeo. I might have mentioned this book before, but it’s worth listing it again. Taddeo wrote one of the most magnificent non-fiction works in 2019, Three Women. The US journalist spent eight years immersed in the lives of Maggie, Lina and Sloane to learn about their complicated, messy relationships, sex lives and desires, and awful men. ..

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