Check out this month’s recommendations from Diwan to make your alone or quiet time a lot more pleasurable. Cup of tea, anyone?

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

By Marlon James

From the Booker Prize winner, Marlon James, comes a new book filled with African mythology, fantasy, and magic. Tracker is a great hunter, so he is sent to find a lost boy with a group of mercenaries, and is left to wonder who this boy really is, who is trying to stop him from finding him, and who is telling the truth and who is lying. This book is a mesmerizing, unique meditation on the nature of truth and power.

When All Is Said

By Anne Griffin

Five drinks, five different toasts, to five different people that Irish Maurice Hannigan has lost during his lifetime. A very moving story about life’s ups and downs, about love and heartbreak, about happiness and grief. This is a story that will remain with you long after all is said.

Machines like Me

By Ian McEwan

In an alternative 1980s London Charlie is in love with Miranda, who is hiding a dark secret. When Charlie comes into money he buys one of the first synthetic humans created, and him and Miranda co-design his brilliant personality. Soon, a love triangle forms. This book makes you question what humanity is about and what really makes a person human. It also warns about the power of inventions that exceed our control.

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

ByChristy Lefteri

Through the moving, compassionate story of a beekeeper and his wife, Christy sheds light on the Syrian war and on immigration. In a war torn country, Nuri and Afra have to flee and make their way through Turkey and Greece to reach Britain, where his cousin and business partner Mustafa is waiting for them. As they are forced to face their unspeakable loss, they also have to find each other again.


In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, along with Anna and OlaRosling, offers a radical new explanation of whywe often get the answer wrong when asked simple questions about global trends. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective, and show us why the world is in fact in a much better state than we are led to believe.