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Reese Witherspoon wants you to read these 5 brilliant books

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Reese Witherspoon is the reason Gone Girl made it from book to big screen.

In a recent interview on The Graham Norton Show, the actress spoke of her determination to get the story out there after loving the book.

“I bought the rights to the book and took it to every studio. Every studio turned it down except one,” Witherspoon explained, according to the Metro.

“They then lost the rights and then the book hit number one. Another studio came in that had originally turned it down and bought it for five times the amount.”

Witherspoon produced the resulting film, starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, which went on to rake in over $250 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

So, it’s a safe assumption that Witherspoon knows a good story when she reads one.



Having started a book club on Instagram, RWBookclub, Witherspoon loves to nestle down and read a good book – just like us.

Here are five books – all written by women – that she’s championed in recent months that would make the perfect winter warmers:

1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

“To say I love this book is an understatement. It’s a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears.”

£7.99, amazon.co.uk

2. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

“Can you imagine something you did as a teenager coming back to haunt you 17 years later? That's the journey The Lying Game takes you on. Four friends from high school bound together by a dark secret get pulled back together with one cryptic text. Will someone find out the truth? Will one of the women break the pact? So many questions... Until the very last page! Needless to say, I could not put this book down.”

£12,99, waterstones.com

3. Truly, Madly, Guilty by Lianne Moriarty

“It's a great summer book about six adults, three cute kids and a BBQ that goes wrong. A real page turner!”

£5.59, amazon.co.uk

4. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

“I think you’ll really enjoy this exciting and fast-paced story about a pregnant American socialite who teams up with a female ex-spy and a hot-tempered young soldier in the aftermath of WWII. A story of courage and redemption.”

£8.34, amazon.co.uk

 

5. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

“Beautifully written and INCREDIBLY funny, Eleanor Oliphant by Gail Honeyman is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in LOVE with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love too!”

£9.99, waterstones.com 

Happy reading, everyone.

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