TOP 5 BOOKS

Top 5 books about trans lives, chosen by Matt Bates
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Top 5 books about trans lives, chosen by Matt Bates

Matt Bates, editor of anthology Queer Life, Queer Love, selects five books about trans lives.

Top 5 books for rebel girls, chosen by Vivian French
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Top 5 books for rebel girls, chosen by Vivian French

Vivian French’s new book, The Runaways of Haddington Hall, has been described as a “high octane, high drama romp” for girls. She shares her favourite books for rebel girls.

Top 5 books written by refugees, chosen by Gulwali Passarlay
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Top 5 books written by refugees, chosen by Gulwali Passarlay

‘This idea that refugees’ stories are all sad, it’s not true.’ These are memoirs of hope, determination and love.

Biologist Beth Shapiro’s top 5 books about humans and nature
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Biologist Beth Shapiro’s top 5 books about humans and nature

Top 5 books set in fictional bad places, chosen by JL George
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Top 5 books set in fictional bad places, chosen by JL George

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Top 5 spooky books written by women
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Top 5 spooky books written by women

Top 5 books about unreliable therapists, chosen by Graeme Macrae Burnet
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Top 5 books about unreliable therapists, chosen by Graeme Macrae Burnet

Top 5 books about the Windrush Generation, chosen by author Paul Mendez
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Top 5 books about the Windrush Generation, chosen by author Paul Mendez

Top 5 books for children, chosen by Matt Lucas
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Top 5 books for children, chosen by Matt Lucas

Top 5 dystopian novels, featuring Isaac Asimov and Iain M Banks
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Top 5 dystopian novels, featuring Isaac Asimov and Iain M Banks

Top 5 books about faceless bureaucracies, from Catch-22 to The Handmaid’s Tale
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Top 5 books about faceless bureaucracies, from Catch-22 to The Handmaid’s Tale

Top 5 books for young explorers
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Top 5 books for young explorers

Top 5 books for keeping kids active
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Top 5 books for keeping kids active

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Top 5 books by autistic authors
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Top 5 books by autistic authors

Top 5 historical heroines of 2021
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Top 5 historical heroines of 2021

Top 5 books written by ghostwriters
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Top 5 books written by ghostwriters

Top 5 books about looking the other way
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Top 5 books about looking the other way

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Top 5 books about social climbers

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Top 5 books to read while grieving

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Top 5 kid’s picture books with black people in them

Top 5 books for adults to share with kids
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Top 5 books for adults to share with kids

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Top 5 books about art
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Top 5 books about art

Top 5 young adult books
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Top 5 young adult books

Top 5 books featuring teenage friendships
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Top 5 books featuring teenage friendships

Top 5 unconventional self-help books
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Top 5 unconventional self-help books

Top 5 book antidotes to our miserable times
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Top 5 book antidotes to our miserable times

Top 5 audiobooks to boost your mental health
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Top 5 audiobooks to boost your mental health

Top 5 books about love that survives war and other duress
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Top 5 books about love that survives war and other duress

Top 5 books about boys
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Top 5 books about boys

The Big Issue’s top 5 books about bookshops
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The Big Issue’s top 5 books about bookshops

Top 5 books about archaeology
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Top 5 books about archaeology

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Top 5 books about dogs

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Top 5 books with life-changing lies