Lucy Diamond: What's on my bookshelf

Bestselling author Lucy Diamond shares just a few of the books she's read and loved.

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I constantly have a book on the go – for me, happiness is a well-stocked bookshelf, or a friend pressing a new title into my hand, saying “You've got to read this.” And so here I am, repaying those favours and passing on the love. You've got to read these.

We Own The Sky

by Luke Allnut

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This is an absolute heartbreaker… one of those rare books that made me cry, laugh and ultimately feel uplifted. The story follows a family – mother, father and son – and how they cope with a devastating series of events. It's beautifully written and deeply moving.

Our House

by Louise Candlish

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A brilliant thriller, the plot of which unrolls like clockwork. After a few days away, Fi comes home to find a couple moving into the house she owns with her ex-husband, Bram. Her belongings have vanished – and so has Bram. This is a tale of betrayal and double-crossing… with a jaw-dropping sting in the tail.

Conversations with Friends

by Sally Rooney

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I was given this for Christmas and devoured it in a single day. Funny, salty and well-observed, the story coolly and forensically examines modern relationships with all their mess and complexity. Wonderful.

Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense

by Jenny Uglow

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Another Christmas present – and one still to be enjoyed. This is the biography of Edward Lear, the Victorian writer and artist, who appears full of contradictions. I love biographies, especially of authors, and this one has had rave reviews. I think it's going to be a feast of a book.