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JK Rowling. (Photo: Press Association via AP Images)
JK Rowling. (Photo: Press Association via AP Images)
JK Rowling. (Photo: Press Association via AP Images)

As temperatures begin to plummet, we’ll find ourselves in need of some light winter reading. This Wednesday (September 24), bestselling British chick-lit author Lindsey Kelk (I Heart New York, The Single Girls To-Do Listjoined us via MindtheGap_BBCA on Twitter for a #MindTheChat, where we asked British expats to let us know what they’ve been reading lately. Here’s a roundup of some of the great suggestions we received:

George (of St. George’s Society of New York) chatted with a fellow expat over their love of Roald Dahl:

When asked who the greatest British author is, a Harry Potter fan verbalized her immense love and respect for J.K. Rowling:

Another participant, however, claimed Terry Pratchett (Good Omens, Night Watch) is the master of British lit!

One participant recommended Donald ThomasThe Execution of Sherlock Holmes, a 2007 book that, through capturing Arthur Conan Doyle‘s imagination and style, continues on ongoing rivalry between Holmes and his enemies when Holmes is kidnapped and imprisoned:

Another participant tweeted a response that they’re reading the original Sherlock books!

An expat blogger suggests Jules Verne‘s Around the World in Eighty Days:

When asked what American author/novel was an expat favorite we received a response of E.B. White‘s Trumpet of the Swan and F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s The Great Gatsby.


Kelk joined in to share her current favorite reads. She admits she’s recently read and loved Tom Perrotta‘s The Leftovers, Emma Straub‘s The Vacationers, Mary Roach‘s Gulp, and Jonathan Tropper‘s This Is Where I Leave You.


Kelk’s latest bestseller, What a Girl Wants, was just released July of this year. To learn more about her and her writing check out her blog.

Join @MindTheGap_BBCA on Twitter every Wednesday from 2 to 3 pm ET for a Q&A using hashtag #MindTheChat.

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Filed Under: Books, Lindsey Kelk
By Helen Donahue