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BOOK OF THE WEEK by Linda Jennings – BECOMING, MICHELLE OBAMA, 9780241334140 (VIKING) BD12.200 for Gulf Weekly Book Club members
In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America – the first African-American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the US and around the world. She dramatically changed families’ pursuit of healthier living and stood by her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
In her memoir, Michelle invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it – in her own words and on her own terms.
As a matter of interest, Michelle Obama’s Becoming has to date held the UK Official Top 50 number one spot for a month, and is the highest-selling Hardback Non-Fiction title since Jamie Oliver’s 15-Minute Meals (Michael Joseph) in 2012. The former First Lady’s memoir posted the single biggest week for any title since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child back in 2016 and is also the highest weekly volume ever for a non-fiction title written by a woman – beating the previous leader, Lynne Truss’ Eats, Shoots and Leaves.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
THE ICE MONSTER, DAVID WALLIAMS & TONY ROSS
9780008164690 (HARPER COLLINS)
BD7.300 for Gulf Weekly Book Club members.
From No 1 bestselling children’s author, David Walliams, comes his biggest and most epic adventure yet! Illustrated by the artistic genius Tony Ross. With nearly 365,000 copies sold in less than a month, The Ice Monster is now the fourth-bestselling overall book of 2018.
It is the story of a 10-year-old orphan and a 10,000-year-old mammoth…
ICE MONSTER FOUND IN ARCTIC!
Starting in an orphanage at the end of the 19th century, Elsie, escapes to chance life on the hard streets of London. Soon after, explorers dig up a frozen Woolly Mammoth from the Arctic and bring it to the Natural History Museum to present to Queen Victoria. Elsie sees the young mammal preserved in ice for thousands of years as a creature much like herself, alone in the world and determines to get close to it by breaking into the museum.
A chance encounter brings Elsie face to face with the creature and then sparks the adventure of a lifetime – from London to the heart of the Arctic!
READ OF THE WEEK
LISTENING TO THE ANIMALS: BECOMING THE SUPERVET, NOEL FITZPATRICK, 9781409183747 (TRAPEZE)
BD9.800 for Gulf Weekly Book Club members.
This is a powerful, heart-warming and inspiring memoir from the UK’s most famous and beloved vet, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick – star of the Channel 4 series The Supervet.
It was his bond with his beloved sheepdog Pirate and a fateful night spent desperately trying to save a new-born lamb, that inspired Noel to enter the world of veterinary science – and set him on the path to becoming The Supervet.
In his long-awaited memoir, Noel recounts his journey that sees him leaving behind a farm animal practice in rural Ireland to set up Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey, one of the most advanced small animal specialist centres in the world.
Listening to the Animals is a story of love, hope and compassion, and about rejoicing in the bond between humans and animals that makes us the very best we can be.