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Summer Reads For the Beach


Our selection of the best books for summer 2018 that aim to keep you stay put in your deck chair all throughout your holiday.

Take Nothing With You by Patrick Gale

24 hours of reflection in this funny and fascinating tale set in Scotland.

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

Psychological thriller set in Tangier in 1956 which has already had the film rights snapped up by George Clooney.

The Verdun Affair by Nick Dybek

Love and tragedy in a post world war one Europe.

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

Secrets and lies in 1970s London.

Sugar Money by Jane Harris

Slaves trading in the 18th-century Caribbean which follows siblings as they are forced to complete an impossible task.

A Gathering of Ghosts by Karen Maitland

Fans of Maitland will be thrilled to get their hands on her latest novel which sees the Knights of John take on the pagans.

Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney

Love and modern relationships dealt with humour and intelligence in this debut novel from Rooney.

You Belong To Me by Colin Harrison

A thriller set in New York with the pursuit of a mysterious and powerful map driving the plot.

The Pisces by Melissa Brodes

Much revered as the summer read, The Pisces covers pretty much every emotion in its tale of a woman who falls for a merman (as you do).

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Dubbed as The Turn of The Screw meets The Little Stranger this gothic ghost story will have you gripped to the side of the pool. All day. Use suncream.

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

Magical realism from 1850s Peru, which is the perfect retreat from pretty much everything.

Putney by Sofka Zinovieff

The 70s are a popular place this summer, and Putney will keep you engrossed with its emotional and evocative story.

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2018 this is funny, wise and brilliant novel is worth every bit of its praise.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Would you want to know when you will die? This brilliant novel will have you asking the big questions that go far beyond, is it Pimms O’clock yet?

In Our Mad And Furious City by Guy Gunaratne

An honest and powerful look at London through Guy’s eyes that will stay with you long after you’ve finished the book.

Calypso by David Sedaris 

The latest collection from the hilarious and revealing humourist.

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