Welcome to the Aura Book Corner! Each month a different book will be included as a recommendation from Aura Libraries.

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The recommendation for November 2019 is: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood.

This long awaited sequel to the world famous The Handmaid’s Tale, and winner of the Booker Prize 2019, has been top of Aura Libraries’ adult fiction best seller list all the way through October, and is the perfect choice for this month’s recommendation.

After a 35 year wait, Atwood takes us back – or forward – to Gilead: a future nation which replaces the United States in this chilling dystopian novel. Set more than 15 years after The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments brings together the testimonies of three women and their experiences with Gilead, intertwining to showcase their individual bravery and resilience. The opening voice in the novel occupies a pivotal role in the regime, whilst the two other voices provide an insight into life growing up in or within the shadow of Gilead. The result when the three voices are brought together has detrimental possibilities – if they are courageous enough to take a leap of faith.

Full of twists, turns and surprises, Atwood once again portrays the power of the written word when speaking out against injustice. Armed with hope and a determination for freedom, The Testaments is a powerful sequel: worth the 35 year wait.

Aura Book Score: 5/5

The recommendation for October 2019 is Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black.

Arthur Kipps, the main character, begins his story by describing a happy family scene: his wife and stepchildren sitting around the fire at Christmas time. When the children begin to tell ghost stories, Arthur is overcome by memories of a painful past, forcing him to revisit hidden traumas that had long been suppressed. Thus begins the retelling of his own ghost story. At the centre is the title figure – the woman in black – who leaves her dark and haunting mark on Arthur’s life forever.

Full of suspense and beautifully written descriptions of the people and places involved in Arthur’s story, The Woman in Black is a fiercely emotive novel that stays with the reader long after the book is put down. Aura Libraries would recommend this novel as a must read for Halloween 2019: it is the perfect choice for an autumn night in spent next to the fire.

Aura Book Score: 5/5

Take a look at our book recommendations for Halloween 2019, here!