Writing Society’s Top Book Picks

Writing Society's Top Book Picks


It’s the perfect weather for snuggling on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good book. Reading is a great way to relax away from screens, get some mental head space, and spark your imagination. Whether you do it with an audio book along with a doodle session, a weathered paperback bought second hand, or with a crisp new copy (hopefully from an independent bookshop), find your inner bibliophile this autumn.

We asked our lovely Writing Soc for their book recommendations. Here are some of their top picks with some Good Reads teasers to get you hooked…



The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett

On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out... Find out more


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her ward in an Oregon State mental hospital with a strict and unbending routine, unopposed by her patients, who remain cowed by mind-numbing medication and the threat of electric shock therapy. But her regime is disrupted by the arrival of McMurphy... Find out more


Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman

At once funny, wistful and unsettling, Sum is a dazzling exploration of unexpected afterlives—each presented as a vignette that offers a stunning lens through which to see ourselves in the here and now. In one afterlife, you may find that God is the size of a microbe and unaware of your existence... Find out more


Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Aeneid, Virgil's hero fights to claim the king’s daughter, Lavinia, with whom he is destined to found an empire. Lavinia herself never speaks a word. Now, Ursula K. Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice in a novel that takes us to the half-wild world of ancient Italy, when Rome was a muddy village near seven hills... Find out more


The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II... Find out more



Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous break up... Find out more


Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Broad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventy-one, wants to be left alone on his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn. But then a voluptuous young widow badgers Rabo into telling his life story—and Vonnegut in turn tells us the plain, heart-hammering truth about man’s careless fancy to create or destroy what he loves... Find out more


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night... Find out more


Munmun by Jesse Andrews

In an alternate reality a lot like our world, every person’s physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. The poorest of the poor are the size of rats, and billionaires are the size of skyscrapers... Find out more


I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

For Angel Rahimi, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world... Find out more


Non Fiction

Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch

Language is humanity's most spectacular open-source project, and the internet is making our language change faster and in more interesting ways than ever before. Internet conversations are structured by the shape of our apps and platforms, from the grammar of status updates to the protocols of comments and @replies... Find out more


Between Pacific Tides by Edward F. Ricketts Et Al.

One of the classic works of marine biology, a favorite for generations, has now been completely revised and expanded. Between Pacific Tides is a book for all who find the shore a place of excitement, wonder, and beauty, and an unsurpassed introductory text for both students and professionals... Find out more


This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay 

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward... Find out more


AUBSU's Writing Society

I write. You write. We all write; let's unite.  Writing society meet regularly for discussions, workshops and trips. They're currently meeting weekly over Zoom on Wednesdays 5-7pm. Check their social media channels to get involved and for the Zoom link! Find us on Facebook to keep up-to-date.