10 Books to Help Your Mourn the Loss of Fleabag

It’s not often a television show speaks to me so personally but the eponymous Fleabag, which has just ended its run on BBC2 goes down as one of the best shows of my life. It was so good I watched the entire two seasons again when the last episode had finished, and days later I am still feeling her loss as keenly as the loss of a friend.

If you haven’t watched it, then I am recommending it right now. The entire show was a masterpiece, not a line or a camera shot wasted as Fleabag dealt with the loss of her mother, the loss of her best friend, the acceptance of being an imperfect human being, and all the trials and tribulations in between.

While I was sad to see it end, that last episode was absolute perfection. I lost it at “It’s God, isn’t it?” and I don’t mind admitting I gave Fleabag an involuntary wave back at the end. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, you are a genius!

If you’re feeling as sad as I am about the loss of this wonderful friend who shared all her deepest moments with us, then we have some book recommendations that might just ease the pain.

In at The Deep End – Kate Davies

Kate Davies’ debut novel about a twenty-something looking for love is authentic, frank, funny, and racy and ticks all the Fleabag boxes for us!

In At the Deep End

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant may be the complete antithesis to Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag but for sheer authenticity in female characters, it makes this list. Plus, I missed Eleanor almost as much as I am missing Fleabag!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

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Nina is Not OK – Shappi Khorsandi

17-year-old Nina and her drunken exploits will speak to the teenager in all of us. A darkly funny, coming of age novel that will have you laughing, and crying! Endearing, breathtakingly honest and the perfect antidote to our Fleabag loss.

Nina is Not OK

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The Last Black Unicorn – Tiffany Haddish

The Last Black Unicorn is a memoir, but with Fleabag it often felt like we were intruding on something deeply personal, and this funny memoir filled with sexual exploits and unflinching honesty definitely has the Fleabag vibe.

The Last Black Unicorn

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Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout

Funny, wicked and remorseful, Olive Kitteridge is likely to stay with you as long as Fleabag, as thirteen rich stories revolve around this single character.

Olive Kitteridge

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The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCollough

Of course while it’s lacking other Fleabag elements, if you want to read more about illicit love affairs with priests, then The Thorn Birds is definitely one for your TBR, there’s even an adaptation from the 80s if you prefer.

The Thorn Birds

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple

Fleabag showed us how dysfunctional families can still work, and when Bernadette goes missing in Where’d You Go, Bernadette, we learn about mother and daughter relationships too.

Where’d You go, Bernadette

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The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Quisine – Alina Bronsky

Humorous, witty, clever: The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Quisine is the tale of three women whose destinies are tangled up in a family dynamic that is both hilarious and tragic.

The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Quisine

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Reasons to be Cheerful – Nina Stibbe

The journey into adulthood can be a difficult one, and this hilarious coming of age novel about Lizzie and her new job in the local dentists office is touching, empathetic and fun.

Reasons to be Cheerful

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The Pisces – Melissa Broder

Sadly Fleabag fell in love with someone unattainable, a Catholic priest. In The Pisces that unattainable love is a merman in this funny, erotic and frankly sublime award winning novel.

The Pisces

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We know you don’t need us any more, Fleabag but if you change your mind, or fancy popping back for a Christmas special, we’d love to see you. For now, goodbye!

 

The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1943

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now, covering each year at a time and already up to the 1940s where today we take a look at the bestselling books of 1943.

In 1943 the war continued to rage on, one of the bloodiest battles of the entire war was fought as the Battle of Leningrad raged through January, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising takes place, and many of the great atrocities of the Holocaust took place.

Among all that, books were still published and read and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1943, and some that didn’t make the list

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6 Brilliant Suspense Novels by New Authors to Read This April

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The crime and suspense thriller genre is hot property right now thanks to authors like Val McDermid, Gillian Flynn, Karin Slaughter and others. The genre is hot, and as such it’s difficult to break into but today we’re recommending six suspense/crime novels by debut authors that we think are worth your time!

All of these novels are by debut authors, and they should all have you on the edge of your seat from the very first page, as all the best suspense novels do!

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The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1942

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now, covering each year at a time and already up to the 1940s where today we take a look at the bestselling books of 1942.

In 1942 the war continued to rage on, Nazis decided on the ‘final solution’ and the worst of the Holocaust atrocities began with more than a million people exterminated in 1942 alone, while the rest of the year was dominated with battles, the US organising its military, and Japanese involvement in the war.

So here they are, the ten top selling books of 1942 as war gripped the world. We’ve also included some well known books that didn’t make the list.

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The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1941

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now, covering each year at a time and already up to the 1940s where today we take a look at the bestselling books of 1941.

1941 was dominated by World War II. Germany invaded Poland, 10,072 men, women and children with mental and physical disabilities are asphyxiated with carbon monoxide in the first phase of mass killings by the Nazis, The V for Victory sign is first used as a form of resistance, and in better news Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak begins for the New York Yankees.

So here they are, the ten top selling books of 1941 as war gripped the world. We’ve also included some well known books that didn’t make the list.

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10 Books to Help Your Mourn the Loss of Fleabag

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It’s not often a television show speaks to me so personally but the eponymous Fleabag, which has just ended its run on BBC2 goes down as one of the best shows of my life. It was so good I watched the entire two seasons again when the last episode had finished, and days later I am still feeling her loss as keenly as the loss of a friend.

If you haven’t watched it, then I am recommending it right now. The entire show was a masterpiece, not a line or a camera shot wasted as Fleabag dealt with the loss of her mother, the loss of her best friend, the acceptance of being an imperfect human being, and all the trials and tribulations in between.
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The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1940

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now, covering each year at a time and today we’re into a new decade as we look at the top ten bestselling books of 1940.

1940 was dominated by World War II. Food rationing began in the UK, the Soviet Union stepped into the war, Mussolini met with Hitler, and Germany invaded many countries including Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, while Italy invaded Greece. It’s surprising there was time or peace for writing fiction.

So here they are, the ten top selling books of 1940 as war gripped the world. We’ve also included some well known books that didn’t make the list.

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