The saying goes, ‘never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them’, and at Grosvenor Casinos, we’re in complete agreement.
With the nation now finding themselves with a little more time on their hands than usual, we are here to help keep you busy. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing a series of posts with ideas of how best to keep you occupied. So, whether you’re self-isolating or social distancing, we’re sure they’ll be something that will keep you entertained.
Up first, we’re talking about some of the hottest book recommendations. But if reading is not your thing, then fear not, we’ve got audiobook suggestions for you too!
It’s 1959 and Harry ‘Rabbit’ Angstrom, a onetime high school sports superstar, is going nowhere. At 26 he is trapped in a second-rate existence – stuck with a fragile, alcoholic wife, a house full of overflowing ashtrays and discarded glasses, a young son and a futile job. With no way to fix things, he flees from his family and his home by beginning a 1,000 mile journey that he hopes will free him from his mediocre life.
A Sunday Times best seller, John Grisham returns to Clanton to tell the story of an unthinkable murder, the bizarre trial that followed it, and its profound and lasting effect on the people of Ford County.
Pete Banning was Clanton’s favourite son, then one October morning he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell.
As if the murder wasn’t shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete’s only statement about it – to the sheriff, to his defence attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends, and to the people of Clanton – was ‘I have nothing to say’.
William Warwick has always wanted to be a detective, and decides, to his father’s dismay, that rather than become a barrister like the rest of his family, he will join London’s Metropolitan Police Force.
After graduating from university, William begins a career that will define his life: from his early months on the beat, to his first high-stakes case as a fledgling detective in Scotland Yard’s Art and Antiques squad. Investigating the theft of a priceless Rembrandt painting from the Fitzmolean Museum, he meets Beth Rainsford, a research assistant at the gallery who he falls hopelessly in love with, even as Beth guards a secret of her own that she’s terrified will come to light.
Set in modern-day London, the series follows policeman, Peter Grant, as he’s slowly introduced to the world of magic lurking beneath the city’s streets. If you’re reluctant to dive into a world of wizard’s hats and magic wands, don’t worry, author Ben Aaronovitch approaches the premise like a scientist, and Grant conducts controlled experiments that would put the stars of CSI to shame.
Travelogue master Bill Bryson has retired to the library in recent years, and his surprisingly soft Midwestern tones are perfect for audiobooks. The Body takes a characteristic approach that will be familiar to his readers, unearthing fascinating, disgusting and hilarious nuggets of information about our bodies, in what’s billed as a ‘guide for occupants’. He explores everything from genetics to our immune system.
Since Star Wars first premiered in 1977, millions of people have met, loved and loathed the now-iconic golden droid C-3PO from a galaxy far, far away. Inside the minute hinges of C-3PO’s suffocatingly tight metal costume was Anthony Daniels, who acts as a softly-spoken guide with a unique backstage pass to the intricate world unveiled on screen. In a personal account of the personalities behind the iconic movie series, Daniels unveils how he became an accidental star of the franchise, the pain and challenges of being trapped in a golden cage and the friendships he made along the way.
Whether your preference is reading or listening, these six books are sure to keep you busy over the coming weeks.