#amreading – What, Why, While : This is How we are Human by Louise Beech @LouiseBeech @OrendaBooks

What (am I currently reading)?

This week I have been reading This is How we are Human by Louise Beech.  For me the genre is fiction that goes to the heart of human lives – like all of Louise Beech’s wonderful books. 

I’m not actually currently reading it, as once started this is a book that calls out to be finished – so I did (it is a 5* read).  My review will be on EmmabBooks.com on/around Publication Day of 10th June.

However for all you Louise Beech fans (or soon to be Louise Beech fans) who can’t wait that long, it is already out in ebook format, and is being released on Audible on 1st June 2021. 

The other good news is that Orenda Books have a sale on at the moment, so I highly recommend you whizz on over there, and take advantage of their low prices – here’s the link:  https://orendabooks.co.uk/product/this-is-how-we-are-human

Book Blurb (taken from Orendabooks.co.uk )

When the mother of an autistic young man hires a call girl to make him happy, three lives collide in unexpected and moving ways … changing everything. A devastatingly beautiful, rich and thought-provoking novel that will warm and break your heart…

‘One of the best writers of her generation’ John Marrs, author of The One

‘A brilliant premise, executed beautifully … such a moving, tender and unexpected read’ Catherine Isaac, author of Messy, Wonderful Us

‘I guarantee you will not read anything like it this year … you will fall in love with this book’ Miranda Dickinson, author of Our Story

‘Incredibly moving, gripping, and full of heart … The novel everyone will be talking about this year’ Gill Paul, author of The Secret Wife


Sebastian James Murphy is twenty years, six months and two days old. He loves swimming, fried eggs and Billy Ocean. Sebastian is autistic. And lonely.

Veronica wants her son Sebastian to be happy … she wants the world to accept him for who he is. She is also thinking about paying a professional to give him what he desperately wants.

Violetta is a high-class escort, who steps out into the night thinking only of money. Of her nursing degree. Paying for her dad’s care. Getting through the dark.

When these three lives collide – intertwine in unexpected ways – everything changes. For everyone.

A topical and moving drama about a mother’s love for her son, about getting it wrong when we think we know what’s best, about the lengths we go to care for family … to survive … This Is How We Are Human is a searching, rich and thought-provoking novel with an emotional core that will warm and break your heart.

Why (have I chosen to read it)?

Because it is by Louise Beech – its that simple.  Well, also its published by Orenda Books, who publish books that I love. I don’t think I’ve had a “not for me” book from them yet! 

Anyway back to Louise, the first book I read by her was How to be Brave, then there was the equally brilliant The Mountain in my Shoe, followed by Maria in the Moon, and I am Dust, plus a couple of others that I must have been away visiting another planet to have missed. 

If you want to find out more about this outstanding author, have a look at her webpage : https://louisebeech.co.uk/

While (I  am reading it) 

Spring has finally arrived, and the meadows are looking beautiful.  The sheep and lambs, that winter in the field/barn behind where I live, have today gone off to their mountain pastures (at least that’s where the farmer told me they were going!).  The weather is varying between rain and sun, with little notice, so the attached photo was taken in the rain – but I’d got my wet weather gear on and it was a beautiful day to be out enjoying nature.  

If you would like to tell me What you are reading, Why you are reading that book, and what you’re doing While you’re reading it, then let me know via   the Guest Blog Page on EmmabBooks.com   and maybe I’ll blog about it. 

All the best, Emma

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