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​Lesley’s Readers on BBC Radio Suffolk – book choice for September 2020

Each month BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Lesley Dolphin discusses a book with journalist Catherine Larner as part of Lesley's Readers monthly book group.

This month's chosen book is The Offing, by Benjamin Myers.

The Offing book cover

If you've read the book, why not join in the discussion at 2.20pm on Tuesday 1 September? Call Radio Suffolk on 01473 250000 or 0800 141 2121, email, tweet @lesleydolphin or visit the Lesley's Readers Facebook page.

The Offing is available from the Suffolk Libraries catalogue and our Overdrive eBook service.

About The Offing:

One summer following the Second World War, Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham village. Sixteen and the son of a coal miner, he makes his way across the northern countryside until he reaches the former smuggling village of Robin Hood's Bay. There he meets Dulcie, an eccentric, worldly, older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage facing out to sea. Staying with Dulcie, Robert's life opens into one of rich food, sea-swimming, sunburn and poetry. The two come from different worlds, yet as the summer months pass, they form an unlikely friendship that will profoundly alter their futures.

A Times Book of the Year, an i Book of the Year, a Reading Agency Book of the Year, a BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick, a BBC Radio 4 'Book at Bedtime' and an Observer pick for 2019.

Max Porter, author of Lanny:

"What a radical thing, these days, to have written a book so full of warmth and kindness - gorgeous."