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Screens Down: Here Are 5 Books You Should Read Right Away

It’s time to dust off the bookshelf a make space for the next load of new reads. Give your eyes a break from your screens and pick up a book instead – you’ll thank us later.

As much as we all love a little scroll, we’re also pretty big on books (if you hadn’t noticed). Good for your mental health (click here to read how), we’re spending more of 2020 with our noses in novels.

From well-being reads for stressful weeks to stories you won’t be able to put down, these are the 5 reads we think you should get right now.


Before The Coffee Gets Cold – Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s beautiful, moving story – a Japanese best-selling phenomenon  – explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time? A coffee shop that offers its customers the chance to travel back in time, only a few rules apply. The biggest? They must return to the present time before the coffee gets cold.



Topman says: If you’re looking for a book to transport you to another time, this is the one for you. Filled with unexpected twists (and not all of them happy ones), read Before The Coffee Gets Cold to breathe life into your commute.


Akin – Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue returns with her new masterpiece, Akin, a funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a young boy who unpick their painful stories and embark on writing a new one together.



Topman says: If you’re wondering where you’ve heard this name before, it’s because you’ve read Donoghue’s best-selling, award-winning novel, Room. A little different to that (but equally as good), Akin tells the story of complication relationships and a common sense of purpose – not without humour and a feel-good aftertaste.


Soccology – Kevin George

George spent eight years as a professional footballer for clubs including West Ham United and Charlton Athletic FC. After retiring, Kevin used his experience and insight to develop Soccology, a human performance programme that has been widely endorsed by key footballing and sports figures around the world. Invaluable for the modern footballer and fascinating for anyone intrigued by the connections between the heart, mind and body, Soccology contains lessons far beyond the game.



Topman says: If you’re a footy fan, make sure this is the next book you read. Not only is it incredibly interesting,  Soccology will also have you thinking far beyond the game. Written by someone who knows it best, this is the sports book you never knew you needed.


The 392 – Ashley Hickson-Lovence

Set entirely on a London bus travelling from Hoxton to Highbury and taking place over just 36 minutes, the events of The 392 unfold through a cast of charismatic characters coming from very different worlds. These Londoners share two things: a bus journey and a threat.



Topman says: Don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll get bored of a story set in once place – you didn’t feel that way about the film SAW, did you? This is a thrilling read that feels more real than it should – in our society, anyway. Pick this up and you won’t be able to pout it back down.


Not Working – Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen explores the paradoxical pleasures of inactivity. Drawing on his personal experiences and on stories from his consulting room, Cohen gets to the heart of the apathy so many of us feel when faced with the demands of contemporary life, and asks how we might live a different and more fulfilled existence.



Topman says: Now this book is relatable. Ever feel like you just can’t be bothered? Us too. Cohen explores this mentality and gives his shot at an expert answer as to why. Chatting about the four faces of inertia (laziness), he mentions the burnout, the slob, the daydreamer and the slacker. Which one are you…?





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