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A Promised Land by Barack Obama

You Are An Artist by Bob and Roberta Smith

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Notes On A Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

Originally released in 2015, the subject matter is still incredibly relevant six years later. With the growth of Twitter and other social media, our need to be offended in order to be right seems to have done the same. Sometimes the people on the receiving end are guilty of quite trivial misdemeanours such as making a poorly judged joke. Interesting how people doing the shaming think they’re doing something good; defending what’s right. The more extreme the shaming the more status people acquire amongst other people on the same side. The book looks at what motivates the shamers and also the effect that shaming can have on them. We can see how this has lead to the rise of ‘echo chambers’ and ‘cancel culture’ in the years since this book was published. The book is non-fiction of course but it’s written in a very accessible, almost thriller-like way with an irresistible hook at the end of each chapter, making it hard to stop reading.