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Ten Books Perfect for Lockdown

We look at 10 books perfect to read whilst in lockdown.

MAY 18th, 2020

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As we continue to be confined to our houses for much of the day, we’ve looked at the ten best books to see you through the lockdown. From biographies, to fiction; from the towering spires of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, to the futuristic world of Panem, our pick hopefully has something for everyone. See more below!

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

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It is arguably one of the biggest scandals to hit Hollywood, and journalist Ronan Farrow was at the epicentre of it. Catch and Kill pulls back the sordid curtain on the abusive and criminal activities of Harvey Weinstein and all those who pursued sexual misconduct in the media.

Farrow, who was the first to investigate the allegations, has compiled a forensic report on what happened and how the system, which consistently worked against him, ensured the criminal transgressions were hidden.

Catch and Kill is a thrilling, absorbing and deeply disturbing look at the underworld of the movie industry. Ronan Farrow provides an exceptional account which places you into every event and unfolding news story. It is as damning as it is riveting.

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

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With the latest James Bond movie, No Time To Die, postponed until November, why not look back at where it all started with Casino Royale. Published in 1953, 007’s first outing concerns the British secret agent, gambling at the casino in Royale-les-Eaux to bankrupt Le Chiffre, the treasurer of a French union and a member of the Russian secret service.

Ian Fleming was initially unsure of the book’s success, believing audiences wouldn’t understand or have interest in a spy novel. How wrong he was. Casino Royale was followed by an 11-book series on the iconic spy and resulted in one of the biggest movie franchises of all time.

The Fear Bubble by Ant Middleton

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Ant Middleton became a best-selling author with his first book First Man In. This time around, the former SBS Soldier takes us on a journey to the top of the world as he climbs Mount Everest.

The book focuses on his tried and tested approach to tacking fear and how to overcome it, and following the similar style of Middleton’s first book, each chapter is dedicated to a new lesson.

Read our full review.

Home Work by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

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Julie Andrews is one of Hollywood’s most enduring icons. Having starred in some of the industries biggest movies, including The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, Home Work looks at how these iconic pictures were brought to the screen.

With minute detail, emotive stories and insightful knowledge of the movie industry, Andrews alongside her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, peel back the curtain to reveal how the stage and theatre star transitioned to the big screen.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

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Dan Brown’s hugely successful Robert Langdon novels have been transferred into popular movies, and had conspiracy theorists intrigued for years, The Lost Symbol continues the trend.

Delving into the world of Freemasonry and set against the historic city of Washington, The Lost Symbol tackles Langdon’s past and the rich history of the US’s capital city.

Phenomenally written and nearly impossible to put down, The Lost Symbol is arguably one of Dan Brown’s best novels to date.

Spielberg by Richard Schickel

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He is perhaps the movie industry’s greatest filmmaker. With Jaws, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and many, many more classic movies to boast, Steven Spielberg shares his secrets in this stunning book by Richard Schickel.

Tracking the process of creating his many classics, Spielberg reminisces on humorous anecdotes, frustrating production setbacks and the challenge of bringing stories to life.

It is a wonderful book with never-before-seen photographs from the sets of Indiana Jones, ET and many others.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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With the highly anticipated prequel to The Hunger Games trilogy set to be released, the original will be hard to beat. Taking the concept of the most extreme reality show imaginable, Suzanne Collins takes readers into the world of Panem – a futuristic America whereby children are picked at random to partake in a fight to the death battle, The Hunger Games.

After being transferred into a billion-dollar movie franchise, the books are a great place for added detail on the main protagonist Katniss Everdeen.

The prequel, titled: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is set for release May 19.

To read our full review of The Hunger Games see here.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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J.R.R. Tolkien was a master storyteller and created what is arguably one of literacy’s greatest children stories ever written – The Hobbit. The story of Bilbo Baggins and his adventure to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug is one of the most acclaimed stories ever told. It also set the stage for Tolkien’s other epic adventure across Middle Earth – The Lord of the Rings.

Written in 1937, the novel is still loved today and captures the imaginations of children and adults alike. With dwarves, dragons, elves and monsters of all shapes and sizes, The Hobbit is essential to any book collection.

Darkest Hour by Anthony McCarten


Winston Churchill is perhaps Britain’s greatest leader, and to accompany the acclaimed movie Darkest Hour, the book details the Prime Minister’s crucial decision making in the midst of World War Two.

Written by award-winning screenwriter Anthony McCarten, the provocative and thrilling book peels away the almighty Churchill and strives to show a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders. With emotion, humanity, and empathy; Darkest Hour is an in-depth look at the man behind the myth.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

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When J.K. Rowling’s magical creation of a young boy with a lightening bolt was released to readers across the globe, Harry Potter became an instant classic. Philosopher’s Stone starts off Harry’s adventure through Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and battling the ever-present Lord Voldemort.

The first book brilliantly sets up the magic and creative imagination of Rowling’s vision. Whether it be Diagon Alley, Gringotts’ Bank, Wizard’s Chess or the Forbidden Forest, Harry’s world is exquisitely imagined on the page.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a must addition to any book collection.

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