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Our favourite books to read in isolation...

There's nothing better than settling down in a cosy corner of the house with a cup of coffee and a good book. But life can be hectic and sometimes it's hard to find the time to get stuck into a really great read. At the moment life is slower paced so finding the time to take five minutes has become slightly easier. Here are our top five books that we love and think that you will too.

One Minute Later by Susan Lewis

Hailed by Richard and Judy’s Book Club as a ‘riveting and emotional domestic drama’, One Minute Later is a tale of how fragile life can be, and how quickly things can change. One minute, Vivienne Shrager is a confident, successful woman enjoying all the joys of hectic London life; the next her life is drastically changed… “This enthralling read balances hope and love with illness and tragedy,” praises Richard Madeley.

You’ll need the tissues handy for this one.

If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon

This story takes you on a descriptive adventure around some of the most beautiful parts of the world, with Paige Toons beautifully picturesque storytelling bringing the scenery to life. And along with those travels, this heart-warming love story captures so many important things; friendship, family, grief, blame, forgiveness and a real love between the two main characters that you can truly believe in.

You’ll shed a few tears along the journey, but happy tears.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

This murder mystery with a twist has been described as “Quantum Leap meets Agatha Christie” by The Guardian’s Carrie O’Grady. For his debut novel, Turton draws on his childhood obsession with Agatha Christie, but with a fresh twist that draws you in and won’t let you go – much like the protagonist Aiden Bishop. Set in the 1920s, Bishop must solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. However, he wakes up on the day of her murder eight times, in eight different bodies – each of them a guest and voyeur to her murder.

A refreshing concept, it’s definitely one for fans of crime meet science fiction.

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

For thriller fans who are sick of the same old storylines, where you see the twist coming in the first few pages; Cross Her Heart will have you guessing right to the end. This psychological thriller follows the story of Lisa, a single mum who is running from a dark past. Just as she thinks she’s safe, the past starts catching up with her. “A slow-burning sense of panic starts to build and will keep readers hooked until the last page, culminating in an explosive final scene which is beautifully paced, atmospheric and incredibly tense,” says Elizabeth Archer of the Daily Express.

I challenge you to put it down…

The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary

This book is genuinely hilarious, heart warming and far from your average chic-lit. The Flat Share will have you laughing, crying, on the edge of your seat and most importantly feeling completely uplifted. This page turner follows the story of Tiffy and Leon who share a flat and a bed but have never met, until they do. 'Utterly charming, written with care and love for her characters. The concept isn't stretched beyond credibility and, above all else, it's funny and winning. A real treat.” – Stylist.

The perfect book to read in one sitting.