Up Lit: Books That Give Us Hope

‘Up Lit’ is our new favourite trend in reading – uplifting literature! After much excitement around popular ‘grip lit’ titles which don’t exactly offer a lot in the way of hope – we’re pleased that readers have been reportedly looking for meaningful, optimistic books that celebrate everyday heroes, human connection and love! We’ve pulled together some of our very best ‘Up Lit’ titles to add to your reading lists, pronto!


 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.




Behold the Dreamers

by Imbolo Mbue

Behold the Dreamers is a dazzling debut novel about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – and of what we’re prepared to sacrifice to hold on to each of them. A powerful and timely story of marriage, class, race and the pursuit of the American Dream.




If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things

by Jon McGregor

Jon McGregor’s first novel brilliantly evokes the histories and lives of the people in the street to build up an unforgettable human panorama. Breathtakingly original, humane and moving, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things is an astonishing debut.




The Pretty Delicious Cafe

by Danielle Hawkins

The Pretty Delicious Cafe reminds us of the joy – and hazards – to be found in family, friends and good food – and that being a little bit weird isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

‘A cross between All Creatures Great and Small, Bridget Jones’s Diary and something the Topp Twins would write if there was only one of them and she was straight, this is a very funny book.’ – Next Book Club




The Marble Collector

by Cecelia Ahern

A box of possessions. A father with no memory. A daughter with just one day to piece together the past.

An unexpected break in her monotonous daily routine leaves her just one day to unlock the secrets of the man she thought she knew. A day that unearths memories, stories and people she never knew existed. A day that changes her and those around her forever.





The Trouble With Goats and Sheep

by Joanna Cannon

England, 1976. Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands.

‘Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door.’ – Rachael Joyce




You Be Mother

by Meg Mason

What do you do, when you find the perfect family, and it’s not yours? A charming, funny and irresistible novel about families, friendship and tiny little white lies.

‘Rare and delightful … a beautifully crafted novel about female relationships. I couldn’t put this book down.’ – Clare Press, Fashion Editor-at-large, Marie Claire




In The Quiet

by Eliza Henry Jones

A moving, sweet and uplifting novel of love, grief and the heartache of letting go, from a wonderful new Australian author.

‘A glorious book that will make you cry, guaranteed. But it’s also uplifting and tender. A surprise find.’ – Canberra Times








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Posted on November 9, 2017 by

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  • Dorothy says:

    I am delighted to read this article about up lit books. I am an eclectic reader, and I enjoy a wide variety of books. In these turbulent times, reading up lit books is a necessity!

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