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Tobias McCorkell recommends...

It's been a strange year for anybody, but perhaps stranger for those with a debut novel making its way into a topsy-turvy world and an unpredictable marketplace. Without obvious reassurances – I wouldn’t see my book in an actual bookshop until more than a month after its publication, its release already delayed by a quarter of the year due to COVID-19 – one finds themselves focussing on the good stuff, the acts of reading and writing. Below are some books that influenced the development of my novel Everything in its Right Place, as well as what I’ve been returning to and thinking about lately, which have been informing new works in progress.