Independent Hove bookstore City Books bring us a list of the five best reads for the month of March.

The Pact We Made by Layla AlAmmar (out on 7th March)
One of our most anticipated new titles of the year from an exciting debut author. The Pact We Made is set in Kuwait and follows Dahlia as she navigates social conventions, buried secrets and her desire for a different life. An important, beautifully written novel with an unforgettable protagonist.

The Only Story by Julian Barnes
The latest novel from Booker prize winning Julian Barnes is out now in paperback. The Only Story is a powerful and moving novel about the lifelong consequences of first love.

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
Word of mouth success and one of our current bestsellers, The Salt Path is the remarkable true story of Winn, her husband Moth, and the 630-mile walk from Somerset to Dorset they undertook following a devastating diagnosis of terminal illness and the loss of their home.

Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton
The first book by award winning journalist and co-host of hugely popular podcast The High Low, out now in paperback. Dolly Alderton shares wisdom gathered throughout her twenties in this hilarious, big-hearted memoir that has earned her comparisons to Nora Ephron and Caitlin Moran.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
The first novel by Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give, made headlines both sides of the pond when it came out in 2017 and was quickly turned into a blockbuster film. Her new book, On the Come Up, is about sixteen-year-old aspiring rapper Bri and tells a story about hip-hop, prejudice and fighting for your dreams. Aimed at teens but sure to impress the many adult readers of The Hate U Give too.