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The Reading List: A Novel

The Reading List: A Novel

by Sara Nisha Adams
The Reading List: A Novel

The Reading List: A Novel

by Sara Nisha Adams


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A lovely book about books and how they bring us together. Follow along as Aleisha reconnects with her grandfather and shows us how fiction help us escape our grief and loneliness and build connections.


"The most heartfelt read of the summer...a surprising delight of a novel."—Shondaland

An unforgettable and heartwarming debut about how a chance encounter with a list of library books helps forge an unlikely friendship between two very different people in a London suburb.

Widower Mukesh lives a quiet life in Wembley, in West London after losing his beloved wife. He shops every Wednesday, goes to Temple, and worries about his granddaughter, Priya, who hides in her room reading while he spends his evenings watching nature documentaries.

Aleisha is a bright but anxious teenager working at the local library for the summer when she discovers a crumpled-up piece of paper in the back of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a list of novels that she’s never heard of before. Intrigued, and a little bored with her slow job at the checkout desk, she impulsively decides to read every book on the list, one after the other. As each story gives up its magic, the books transport Aleisha from the painful realities she’s facing at home.

When Mukesh arrives at the library, desperate to forge a connection with his bookworm granddaughter, Aleisha passes along the reading list…hoping that it will be a lifeline for him too. Slowly, the shared books create a connection between two lonely souls, as fiction helps them escape their grief and everyday troubles and find joy again. 

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ISBN-13: 9780063025295
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/09/2022
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 21,396
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sara Nisha Adams is a writer and editor. She lives in London and was born in Hertfordshire to Indian and English parents. Her debut novel The Reading List is partly inspired by her grandfather, who lived in Wembley and immediately found a connection with his granddaughter through books.

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