Published May 2024

Farmstrong Scotland Book Club

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For the month of May, we are focusing around one of our top 5 wellbeing tips 'keep learning'. We're collating a reading list for our Farmstrong Scotland book club and as we did with the Farmstrong playlist, we need your help to create it.

Help build our reading list by getting in touch with your top magazines, books and audiobooks. They don't have to be farming related! 

Title

 

Author

 

Summary

Link to the Book

Field Work  Bella Bathurst 

From fruit farmers to fallen stock operators, from grassy uplands to polytunnels, Bella Bathurst journeys through Britain to talk to those on the far side of the fence. 

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Field-Work-What-Land-People/dp/1788162137 
Ultra Processed Chris Van Tulleken 

Join Chris in his travels through the world of food science and a UPF diet to discover what's really going on.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ultra-Processed-People-Stuff-That-Isnt/dp/1529900050 
Greenlights Matthew McConaughey 

From the Academy Award®-winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Greenlights-Raucous-stories-Academy-Award-winning-ebook/dp/B08DFKSZDF 
Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens 

For years, rumors of the 'Marsh Girl' have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Where-Crawdads-Sing-Delia-Owens/dp/1472154665 
The Firm John Grisham 

When Mitch McDeere qualified third in his class at Harvard, offers poured in from every law firm in America.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Firm-John-Grisham/dp/0099537095 
Disclosure Michael Crichton 

Thomas Sanders' world collapses in just 24 hours - he is passed over for promotion, his new woman boss comes on to him during a drink after work, then, the next morning, he learns that she has accused him of sexually harassing her.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disclosure-Michael-Crichton/dp/0099303744 
Shanataram Gregory David Roberts 

An escaped convict with a false passport, Lin flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of Bombay, where he can disappear.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shantaram-Gregory-Roberts/dp/0312330537 
A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry 

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fine-Balance-Rohinton-Mistry/dp/057123058X 
Travels with Fortune Christina Dodwell 

This is the amazing tale of Christina Dodwell’s first adventure: a three-year journey through Africa.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Travels-Fortune-Adventure-Christina-Dodwell/dp/1590482131 
Cry of the Kalahari Delia Owens 

Carrying little more than a change of clothes and a pair of binoculars, two young Americans, Mark and Delia Owens, caught a plane to Africa, bought a thirdhand Land Rover, and drove deep into the Kalahari Desert. 

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cry-Kalahari-Mark-Owens/dp/0395647800 
American Dirt Jeanine Cummins 

AMERICAN DIRT is an unforgettable story of a mother and son's attempt to cross the US-Mexico border. 

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/American-Dirt-Jeanine-Cummins/dp/1472261399 
Shuggie Bain Douglas Stuart 

A heart-wrenchingly moving novel set in Glasgow during the Thatcher years, Shuggie Bain tells the story of a boy's doomed attempt to save his proud, alcoholic mother from her addiction.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shuggie-Bain-Douglas-Stuart/dp/1529019273 
Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernieres 

It is 1941 and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is posted to the Greek island of Cephallonia as part of the occupying forces. 

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Captain-Corellis-Mandolin-Louis-Bernieres/dp/0749397543 
Lessons in Chemistry Bonnie Garmus Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing.
 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lessons-Chemistry-Debut-Bonnie-Garmus-ebook/dp/B099JC5HQK 
The Midnight Library Matt Haig 

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Library-Matt-Haig/dp/0525559477 
A Darker Domain Val McDermid 

Twenty-five years ago, a woman and her baby son were kidnapped and held to ransom. Catriona Grant ended up dead and little Adam's fate has remained a mystery ever since.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Darker-Domain-Detective-Karen-Pirie/dp/0007243316 
The Keeper of Lost Things Ruth Hogan 

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Keeper-Lost-Things-feel-good-novel/dp/1473635462 
Songbirds Christy Lefteri 

Nisha has crossed oceans to give her child a future. Now she spends her days caring for someone else's daughter while her own waits for her return, half a world away.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Songbirds-author-international-bestseller-Beekeeper/dp/1838773762 
Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini 

Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kite-Runner-Khaled-Hosseini/dp/140882485X 
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini 

Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. 

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thousand-Splendid-Suns-Khaled-Hosseini/dp/074758589X 
The Judges List John Grisham 

Jeri Crosby's father was murdered twenty years earlier in a case that remains unsolved and that has grown stone cold. But Jeri has a suspect whom she has become obsessed with and has stalked for two decades.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Judges-List-phenomenal-international-bestseller/dp/1529342384 
A Time to Kill John Grisham 

When Carl Lee Hailey guns down the violent racists who raped his ten-year-old daughter, the people of the small town of Clanton, Mississippi see it as justice done, and call for his acquittal.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Time-Kill-John-Grisham/dp/0099537036 
Sisters Danielle Steel 

On one Fourth of July, four sisters return home for their family’s annual gathering. But before the holiday is over, tragedy strikes and their world is changed forever.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sisters-Danielle-Steel/dp/0552154725 
The Hobbit JRR Tolkien 

The Hobbit is the unforgettable story of Bilbo, a peace-loving hobbit, who embarks on a strange and magical adventure.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hobbit-J-R-Tolkien/dp/0007458428 
French Women Don't Get Fat Mireille Guiliano 

How do French women do it? This is the book that unlocks the simple secrets of 'the French paradox' - how to enjoy food and stay slim and healthy. 

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/French-Women-Dont-Get-Fat/dp/0099481324 
French Women Don't Get Facelifts Mireille Guiliano 

Mireille shares the secrets and strategies of aging with attitude and joy, offering personal anecdotes while divulging French women's most guarded secrets about looking and feeling great.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/French-Women-Dont-Get-Facelifts/dp/0552168688 

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