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I Am, I Am, I Am is your next truly gripping read

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Join us (and The Zoe Ball Book Club) as we tackle the 10 best books of summer 2018…

Are you looking for a story that packs a punch, that will have you riveted from the first page to the last? Well, look no further, as Stylist has teamed up with The Zoe Ball Book Club (part of the Sunday edition of her weekend show Zoe Ball on Saturday and Zoe Ball on Sunday) in a bid to track down the best books of summer 2018.

Speaking about the project, Ball says: “I adore reading so I’m beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to bring a book club back to TV. I’m so excited to read all the brilliant titles on our list, and can’t wait to chat about each and every one of them with my wonderful guests and hear what viewers across the country think too – we’ll have a wide range of books that should hopefully encourage everyone to try something new! Thanks to our esteemed panel we can be sure they are splendid reads.”

The reading picks, chosen by Amanda Ross, the guru behind the original Richard & Judy Book Club, and a team of crack book-experts, are seriously diverse – and the next one on the list is I Am, I Am, I Am by much-loved writer Maggie O’Farrell, telling true tales from her life. 

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Here’s what Francesca Brown, books editor for Stylist, had to say about it:

“Say the name to a Maggie O’Farrell convert and they’ll bowl you over with their unbridled glee. O’Farrell’s fans love her… Reading I Am, I Am, I Am (taken from Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar), it’s easy to understand why. Here is all of human existence wrapped up in 17 heart-stopping, resonating and emotional true tales of O’Farrell’s everyday brushes with death – from a hemorrhage in childbirth to leaping off a wall into the sea as a dare.

“Her first story is possibly the most terrifying… As a teenager, she goes off to work in a remote Scottish hotel and revels in taking rural walks on her own. Encountering a man on an isolated path, a primal instinct kicks in when he places his binoculars around her neck and she keeps him talking until they reach safety where she reports the strange incident to the police. A week later, she is visited by detectives investigating the rape and murder of a 22-year-old backpacker discovered in the same remote area.

“This story is part of a bigger pattern: that life and death are closely intertwined and it’s in the living that counts. It’s a realisation that will have you casting your mind back to moments across your own life; those infinitesimal near brushes that could define your story but that in loving, living and embracing what the world has to offer comes liberation. Prepare to read and share will all those you care about.”

The Zoe Ball Book Club, in association with Specsavers, from 17 June on Zoe Ball on Sunday for 10 weeks.

Zoe Ball on Saturday and Zoe Ball on Sunday (ZBoS) is on ITV at 8.30am every weekend, or catch-up on ITV Player.