Behind The Cover Club

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Behind the Cover is for all women and non-binary readers aged 16 and over. It’s a book club that celebrates brilliant books with women at the centre of the story.

We share audiobooks alongside activities to help grown ups and young adults talk about the book. There's exclusive content from authors discussing their inspirations and writing process, their favourite books, and answers to book club questions.

Behind The Cover Club aims to share excellent books by and about women, while giving you readers a glimpse at the big questions and writers behind the stories.

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Burnt Sugar

Last month we loved listening to the 2020 Booker Shortlisted novel Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi

“ A Gripping and beautifully written book about a mother-daughter relationship”, Waterstones

Burnt Sugar is a love story between a mother and a daughter. It follows the story of mother and former wild-child Tara who ran away from a loveless marriage and spent years chasing after a homeless 'artist' with her young child in tow. Now she is beginning to forget things and her grown-up daughter, Antara, is faced with the task of caring for a woman who never cared for her.

This book deals with themes including: love, sex, memory, grief and motherhood, and is appropriate for readers aged 16+.

Find out more about this month's audiobook.

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Previous titles and authors

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Discover the former First Lady’s book recommendations, book club questions, and a Q&A all about her bestselling memoir Becoming.

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Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

This Booker Prize-winning novel follows the lives of 12 very different characters and their friends, family and lovers across the country.

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Ordinary People by Diana Evans

Set at the time of Obama’s election victory, this book explores big themes like intimacy, grief, parenthood and ageing.

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