Safe books to keep you warm

Sometimes we all need permission to retreat to a safe place – in our daily lives as well as in our imaginations. Here’s a selection of books which should ensure you are shielded from the more shocking or disturbing story lines so popular and prevalent across the book world. Self-preservation is okay – and there is plenty here to engage your interest and take you, unmolested, on a new reading journey. Safe doesn’t mean boring or bland. Safe can make you laugh – and cry. It can tuck you in with that warm fuzzy feeling of comfort and security. It can put your imagination to flight – while maintaining a reassuring presence that you won’t slip into dangerous waters. And if things do get a bit angsty – you can be sure that good will triumph over evil – or even the not very nice. So note the upbeat covers be assured  - you will be in safe hands.

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The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles

Katherine Pancol

Winona's Web

Priscilla Cogan

Selfish and Perverse

Bob Smith

Various Pets Alive and Dead

Marina Lewycka

The Valley at the Centre of the World

Malachy Tallack

The Alphonse Courrier Affair

Marta Morazzoni

A Book of Death and Fish

Ian Stephen

Portrait of a Family With a Fat Daughter

Margherita Giacobino

The Calculating Stars

Mary Robinette Kowal

The Opposite of Falling

Jennie Rooney

Infidelity for First-time Fathers

Mark Barrowcliffe

Ada's Rules

Alice Randall

Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather

Pierre Szalowski


Andrew Sean Greer


Paul Harding

The Stars in the Bright Sky

Alan Warner

Tomorrow I'll Be Twenty

Alain Mabanckou

Paradise Jazz

Kat Pomfret

The Offing

Benjamin Myers

Dona Nicanora's Hat Shop

Kirstan Hawkins

Pages for You

Sylvia Brownrigg

Conrad & Eleanor

Jane Rogers

Blue Self-Portrait

Noémi Lefebvre

The Uncommon Reader

Alan Bennett

Double Negative

Ivan Vladislavic

A Working Theory of Love

Scott Hutchins

The Dante Trap

Arnaud Delalande

Ugly Duckling

Amita Mukerjee

Companions of Paradise

Thalassa Ali

Something Rotten

Jasper Fforde

Beware of God

Shalom Auslander

Philosophy Made Simple

Robert Hellenga

Clueless Dogs

Rhian Edwards

The Buffalo Thief

Yojana Sharma

The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky

Jana Casale

Many and Many a Year Ago

Selcuk Altun

Four Fathers

Tom Palmer (ed)

Dear Committee Members

Julie Schumacher

Alison Wonderland

Helen Smith


Brenda Lozano


Chris Keil

Apocalypse for Beginners

Nicholas Dickner


K Parker


Chingiz Aitmatov

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Abbi Waxman

Blue Bamboo

Osamu Dazai

Monsieur Ka

Vesna Goldsworthy

Did the Earth Move?

Carmen Reid

Life According to Lubka

Laurie Graham

Catching the Light

Karen Powell