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Poorna Bell is an award-winning journalist and is the former executive editor of HuffPost UK. She has appeared on a number of judging panels including the Decibel prize for the British Book Awards.
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Your Driver Is Waiting
A Novel
Priya Guns - 2023-02-28
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In this electrifyingly fierce and funny social satire-- a gender-flipped reboot of the iconic 1970's film "Taxi Driver"--a ride share driver is barely holding it together on the hunt for love, dignity and financial security . . . until she decides she's done waiting....
Poorna Bell
Already obsessed with this book a few chapters in - it’s brilliant social satire but in such a unique voice - featuring an anti-hero who is a 30-something queer Tamil woman. @priya_guns writes with such a fresh, brilliant style (out on 28th Feb) @DoubledayUK      source
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The Christmas Wish
the hilarious new festive Christmas romance from the bestselling author
Lindsey Kelk - 2022-11-15
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A heartwarming holiday tale about Gwen Baker, a newly single lawyer hoping to find solace during Christmas festivities. But when she wakes up to discover it's Christmas day once more, she must navigate family arguments and a career in limbo while Dev, her boy-next-door crush, brightens her days. Can love mend her wounded heart in time for Christmas?
Poorna Bell
This brilliant woman has come out with a brilliant book! It’s technically Xmas season…      source
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Angela Hui - 2022-07-21
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This captivating memoir shares the experiences of a family running a Chinese takeaway in rural Wales, from the difficulties of being seen as different by their local community to the joys of preparing traditional dishes together. With heartwarming anecdotes and honest reflections, readers are taken on a journey through the highs and lows of life in a takeaway, offering a unique glimpse into a culture and way of life that is often hidden.
Poorna Bell
Just finished @angela_hui book Takeaway about her life growing up in a Chinese takeaway in Wales and would highly recommend. Not just because it is brilliantly written, but because it offers a glimpse into a place that is firmly part of our society but which we know little about.      source
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Isaac and the Egg
Bobby Palmer - 2022-08-18
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Isaac and the Egg is a heartfelt novel that explores the themes of grief, hope, friendship, and love. When grieving Isaac meets an unforgettable new friend on a bridge, his life changes forever. The story takes us on a journey of self-discovery as Isaac decides to take home something extraordinary he found in the woods at dawn. This wildly imaginative tale is a must-read for anyone looking for an honest and hopeful story about finding light in the darkest of times.
Poorna Bell
Happy publication week to @thebobpalmer - Isaac and the Egg is a brilliant book - I loved it and still think about it ❤️      source
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The Elements
A Widowhood
Kat Lister - 2021-09-09
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Discover a touching memoir of love, loss, and the search for identity. Follow the journey of a woman who, after losing her husband to brain cancer at the age of 35, seeks solace in the elements of fire, water, earth, and air. Explore her struggle to find a language that can truly capture her grief, and her quest to come to terms with her loss and rediscover herself. The Elements is a moving tale of pain, hope, and the power of transformation.
Poorna Bell
@KittyVine @GeorgieR30 I would suggest @Madame_George The Elements - one of the most beautiful books I have read on grief. There are a lot of grief books I can't read because it's just too painful, but this was comforting and lyrical beyond words.      source
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Conversations on Love
Lunn Natasha - 2021-07-15
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"Conversations on Love" is a heartwarming celebration of all facets of love, through conversations with renowned figures such as Philippa Perry and Alain de Botton. This compelling book explores topics like vulnerability, parenthood, and the science of sex, and features insights on romance and friendship from a range of experts. Discover the psychology of being alone, the impact of loss, and learn how to manage unrealistic expectations with this essential read.
Poorna Bell
I haven’t read a non-fiction book this good in a long time, Conversations On Love by @Natashalunn is beautifully written and covers (exquisitely) the full gamut of love from beginnings to breakups, parenthood to friendships and more. I’ve underlined HEAVILY. It’s out on 15 July      source
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Jojo Moyes
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Mermaid of Black Conch
Monique Roffey - 2020-04-02
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The Mermaid of Black Conch tells the captivating story of a young woman named Aycayia cursed to live as a mermaid and the fisherman David whose singing captures her heart. Set in a tiny Caribbean village in 1976, this novel explores the themes of love, curses, and the magical allure of the sea.
Poorna Bell
Incredible, incredible book ❤️      source
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Suzannah Lipscomb
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You Are Not the Man You Are Supposed to Be
Into the Chaos of Modern Masculinity
Martin Robinson - 2021-02-18
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'A sharp but sensitive exploration of the pitfalls of masculinity' – Jeffrey Boakye'A wake up call to men' – JJ BolaIn this searingly honest book we join Martin Robinson – magazine journalist and founder of men's media site The Book of Man – on a journey into the chaos of modern masculinity. Along the way, Martin visits mental health groups and pri...
Poorna Bell
@jayson_nunkoo @DrWillParry I’d recommend @MartinXRobinson book ‘You are not the man you are supposed to be’ for that      source
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Booze Control
The Mind-blowing Science of Alcohol
Professor David Nutt - 2020-01-09
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Discover the definitive guide to alcohol and its impact on your health in this groundbreaking book! Scientist and author Professor David Nutt uses his 40 years of medical research and experience to explain the long- and short-term effects of drinking in a way that's easy for anyone to understand. He covers key topics like mental health, fertility, addiction, and responsible drinking. With Drink?, you'll gain the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your consumption and understand the science behind alcohol's pleasure and pain.
Poorna Bell
Drink what you want, do what you want. But stop glorifying it when it has broken so many people. And for people wanting facts - read @ProfDavidNutt book on alcohol or this article about why alcohol is the most damaging drug out of 20 drugs studied:      source
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Tyler Cowen
Just Eat It by Laura Thomas