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Refreshing Your Library for World Book Day

Refreshing Your Library for World Book Day


Here at Refresh we love reading, everything from national newspapers and glossy magazines to trade titles and blogs aplenty. But as today is World Book Day, we have asked our team what their favourite read is and why – check out our recommendations below.


Laura Mashiter, MD





Released in 1996, the year I finished my A levels, The Beach by Alex Garland, was the book that everyone was reading. In summary, it’s the story of a young backpacker who travels to Thailand and goes in search of a perfect beach untouched by the modern world.


What I most love about the book was that it inspired me to travel. After Uni I took a year out, working on a kiddies camp before doing a ski season in France. During the ski season the film adaption of the book was released; the seasonnaires in Courchevel rushed to the cinema for a one-night-only screening – people sat on the cinema’s floor and in the aisles so they didn’t miss it.


I re-read the book, and as a result I spent that summer backpacking around Australia, followed by several trips to Thailand and Vietnam. I like to think the book gave me the inspiration for some of my happiest memories.


Maya Powell, account executive




My favourite book is 1000 Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. It’s a tale of two women growing up in Afghanistan in the early 1960s and the complex society they live in. It not only tells the story of the main characters, but also gives you a bit of a history lesson.


The story focuses on Mariam who is the daughter of a poverty stricken woman, and when her mother dies and her rich father denies her, she gets married off at a young age to a much older man. To contrast this, her neighbour Laila an educated, ambitious and beautiful young woman has a great life ahead of her, but tragedy strikes and she becomes the second wife to Mariam’s husband.


It made me laugh, cry and get (really) angry, but I would highly recommend it to anyone, especially any feminists out there!



 Sarah Mashiter, HR director




Upon a friend's recommendation, I was introduced to The Island by Victoria Hislop and instantly became a fan. However, it was her next book, The Return that really struck a chord. 


The novel intertwines a story of love and passion for dancing, as well bringing to life a harrowing account of the suffering endured during the Spanish Civil War.


But for me personally, it unearths some of the most enchanting qualities, as well as recounting the past atrocities of one of the most beguiling places I have been fortunate enough to live in.  A place where you cannot help but feel its vivid and visceral connection to its past - Granada, Spain. 


Caroline Gibson, account director




The Five People You Meet in Heaven, by Mitch Albom, may be a relatively short read, but it definitely packs a punch.


Following one man’s journey into heaven it explores the idea that you are greeted by five people who will explain the course of your life to you. Some of those who welcome Eddie, the central character, aren’t who’d you expect and that is what makes this book so powerful.  


A life affirming read, this book doesn’t touch on religion or beliefs – it simply reminds us that how we behave and the choices we make are important, and your actions are bigger than you’ll ever realise in this lifetime.


Erin Heywood, account director 




Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is probably one of the UK’s favourite books but it's more than a book for me!


Yes the story is completely captivating, and the twists and turns and ongoing uncertainty of who to trust is what keeps the reader gripped. However, what makes it a firm favourite for me is Hawkins’ ability to make the read a complete sensory experience.


I could almost smell the hangover on Rachel at each turn of the page, when finding out more of her spiralling state. I could feel that gut wrench in her stomach each time she reminisces on Tom’s betrayal.


I could imagine those beautiful London homes and their never ending gardens and – having read this book on my honeymoon – was also able to associate with being at home. Were the story not as compelling as it is, Girl on the Train wouldn’t have received the international acclaim it has, but if you’re looking for more than just a tale this could be the one for you.


Christy Milmine, account manager





I was recommended Until You’re Mine by Samantha Hayes by a friend years ago and have since recommended it to many more. I have always loved a mystery and this had me hooked from the first page! It follows the lives of three completely different women and you instantly form an opinion on each. To me the three characters represented people we have all met at some point in life, and exploring their motives and lifestyles was the key to the huge twist at the end.


I have yet to read a book that has gripped me like this, so I would highly recommend!  



What is your favourite book? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @RefreshPR





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