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Best book club books: Fiction, non-fiction novels and memoirs that start discussions

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Looking for inspiration for your next book club choice? Every week a member of the Stylist team chooses one of their favourite reads, those that start conversations and encourage debate. Be sure to bookmark this page as it will be updated every week with the latest choice. 

A certain type of read will always make the cut when it comes to book club material. Because, what we all really want is a book that makes everyone think. 

We’re not talking something that makes you question the meaning of life – that kind of thinking is reserved exclusively for 4am in the morning when you can’t sleep

But what is a book club if it isn’t an excuse to contemplate a subject you haven’t before? A chance to get your teeth into something – for the very sake of thinking?

Enter the #stylistbookclub. The concept is simple - every Sunday over on our Instagram page, the team at Stylist offer up their thoughts on a book they’ve enjoyed or has resonated with them in some way. 

From In Extremis by Lindsey Hilsum, the auto-biography of war correspondent Marie Colvin, to Moomin Valley in November by Tove Jansson, a charming tale from the Moomin series.

Welcome to the comprehensive list of the Stylist Book Club’s picks. These are the books which mean something to us – and we hope you come to feel the same way.

  • New People by Danzy Senna

    Stylist sub-editor Meena Alexander picks the darkly comic novel from Danzy Senna as her book club recommendation.

  • Spring by Ali Smith

    Stylist associate editor Anna Fielding chooses Spring from Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet series as her book club recommendation.

  • Lady Sings the Blues by Billie Holiday

    Stylist’s SEO Executive Lucy Robson chooses Billie Holiday’s heartbreaking 1956 memoir as her book club recommendation.

  • You think it, I'll say it by Curtis Sittenfeld

    Stylist features writer Hannah Keegan chooses Curtis Sittenfeld’s selection of short stories as her book club recommendation.

  • Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

    Stylist associate editor Anna Fielding chooses Gingerbread, a modern twist on Hansel and Gretel as her book club recommendation.

  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

    Stylist’s beauty writer Hanna Ibraheem chooses Rupi Kaur’s uplifting poetry anthology about survival as her book club recommendation.

  • Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

    Stylist’s women’s editor Moya Crockett chooses Jonathan Safran Foer’s “strange, silly and heartbreaking” novel as her book club recommendation.

  • Gigi and The Cat by Colette

    Stylist associate editor Anna Fielding chooses Colette’s iconic novel as her book club recommendation.

  • In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum

    Stylist’s cover star and actress Rosamund Pike chooses as her book club recommendation, a biography of Marie Colvin, the courageous war correspondent she plays in A Private War.

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