Dawn McGuigan is a life-long bookworm, based in Houghton-le-Spring. She studied English Literature at Northumbria University and has been running her Book and Brew book club since 2015. She has shadow judged at the Women’s Prize for Fiction and Man Booker Prize and has appeared on BBC Radio 2’s Book Club.


Love – by Roddy Doyle

Lifelong friends, Davy and Joe, meet in a Dublin pub for a pint. Davy is over from England to see his elderly father, while Joe has left his wife for a woman the two men lusted over in their youth.

Doyle’s fast-paced, dialogue-driven style is so real it feels like you’re eavesdropping on the conversation. He captures the heartbreak and humour of long-term friendship exceptionally and ends the book with a tenderness that will take your breath away. It’s wonderful.

Available from 14 May. Published by Jonathan Cape £18.99,


Table Manners The Cookbook – by Jessie and Lennie Ware

Following the success of their award-winning podcast, mother and daughter, Jessie and Lennie, release their first cookbook designed for “real people with busy and sometimes chaotic lives”.

There are more than 100 recipes – including effortless or a bit more effort categories – plus food memories from the Ware family.

Table Manners offers a delicious balance of hearty homemade sustenance (courgette bake) and fancier fare in the form of pasta with smoked salmon, vodka and caviar or lamb with pistachio herb crust.

Out now. Published by Edbury Press £22,


Emotional Healing: How To Put Yourself Back Together Again – by Dr Harry Barry

This book provides a toolkit for managing periods of emotional distress. The five-part guide explains the importance of emotional healing and offers straightforward advice for dealing with anxiety, depression, guilt, hurt, anger and grief.

While there is plenty of neuroscience to explain what happens in the brain during trauma, this is an immensely practical book with a range of exercises, tips and insights (including a fascinating emotional menu to help identify feelings) to navigate and ultimately overcome emotional distress.

Available from 23 April. Published by Orion Spring £14.99,