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Easter Reading

Rabbit books

Every year dozens of Christmas themed novels are published, often featuring families or couples making their way home after an array of obstacles of one kind or another, the Christmas themes of giving and goodwill to all men running strong. But what do you read at Easter? Typing Easter fiction into a search engine doesn’t offer very much but thinking about the Easter Bunny, I typed “rabbit” into the library catalogue and discovered this varied selection of cracking reads.

When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman
A novel spanning four decades following a quirky family and the events that shape their lives. Childhood, growing up, loss of innocence, love and friendship are major themes here, and the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister. You may have recently come across Winman’s all-embracing and evocative novel, Still Life. This earlier work is similarly well worth a read.

The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin
Mia ‘Rabbit’ Hayes loves life and although she hasn’t much of it left, she’s determined to make the most of it. It might be a little bit sad, but this is also a novel full of warmth and humour, with wonderful characters that will make you laugh and cry.  

The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen
The ‘rabbit’ in this Finnish novel is the town of Rabbit Back, home to a famous children’s author, Laura White, who runs a very select society of writers. When Ella is invited to join, she makes some interesting discoveries about some disturbing secrets. "A chilling, darkly funny novel," says the blurb.

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
Black Rabbit Hall is a country house in Cornwall, currently a wedding venue stumbled upon by Lorna Smith but switching back in time, it’s also the scene of a family tragedy. Somewhere along the story, past and present are sure to converge and secrets revealed. Another atmospheric read perfect for some holiday R&R.

The Rabbit Hunter by Lars Kepler
This one’s a Swedish crime novel about the pursuit of a vicious killer dubbed the Rabbit Hunter. There's only one man with the skills to track the killer down - an ex-detective currently serving time in a high-security prison. As the body count rises, the trail pulls Joona Linna towards one horrific night and it’s terrifying consequences. A gripping, nail-biting read for Scandi-Noir fans.

The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde
This one’s a satirical novel set in a small English village which is up for the Village Garden of the Year award. All seems to be going well until Doc and Constance Rabbit move in next door to Peter Knox, designated Rabbit Spotter. Suddenly he’s got human sized talking rabbits to deal with, and the prejudice of villagers who vote for an anti-rabbit political party. Fforde’s a whizz at this sort of thing, so don’t be put off by the odd-ball scenario.

Rabbit Hole by Mark Billingham
The new Mark Billingham thriller is about a police officer, Alice Armitage, whose debilitating bout of PTSD has put her in a psychiatric ward. When one of the patients is murdered, Alice is compelled to investigate, and despite gathering evidence, is ignored by the police. Who can she trust? “A mind-bending, heart-stopping and tightly suspenseful yarn” says the blurb.

Posted by JAM

12 April 2022

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