We can’t think of anything more relaxing than lying poolside with a real page turner in one hand and an ice cold drink in the other. Roll on the holidays! But dreaming aside we thought we might help plan your Summer reading before you jet off far and wide.

This list has, in part, taken inspiration from our amazing local book club. Aptly named The Jane Austin Book Club. It, and our friendships,  have been going strong for three years now.  Peppered in between some hot of the shelf new releases are some of our group favourites which we hope you will enjoy.  Wishing you some sun, peace and un-putdownable Summer reading this holiday!

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1.IN HER WAKE by Amanda Jennings

We were lucky enough to have our first author, Amanda Jennings, join our book club one evening and share a few glasses of prosecco! Good thing we were all massive fans of her latest release ‘In her wake’.

This is a psychologically intense and at times haunting novel.  It follows the story of Bella who discovers that the life she has lead up to now has been a lie and she sets about discovering the truth behind her past. Beautifully written, great characterisation and a fast paced read.

Available in paperback, kindle, audio. £8.99

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2. TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty

From the international best selling author of The Husbands Secret, What Alice Forgot & Big Little Lies (we were addicted to the box set last month!) comes her latest release ‘Truly Madly Guilty’. Six responsible adults, two best friends and one day that changes everything. It’s a multi family drama surrounding a tragic event at a casual neighbourhood bbq. And in Moriarty fashion it is a gripping read. Perfect for those long balmy Summer evenings.

Available in paperback, kindle £5.99

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3. WONDER by R J Palacio

“My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking it’s probably worse”. Wonder is a beautifully written fictional story of about Auggie Pullman, a 10 year old boy who has a rare facial deformity. Having been home schooled and seeking normality he bravely starts at a local middle school. This story is about kindness, judgement, loyalty and above all friendship and was another of our book club favourites. It’s also very accessible to younger readers and both our 7 & 8 year olds loved it.

Before you see the blockbuster movie (due for release in the UK in December) make sure Wonder is your next bedside read.  Available in paperback, kindle from £3.99

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4. ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Elephant has learnt how to live but not how to survive. She has everything she needs in her life, yet sometimes everything is missing. Living outside the norm, Eleanor sneers at her contemporaries and fills her weekends in a vodka oblivion. Eleanor’s story will play on your mind for the first half of the book and your heart for the remainder.

Funny, sad and engaging with an unexpected twist at the end. A book that will stay with you long after you finish it.

Available in paperback, kindle from £5.99

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5. I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh

This is the second novel from bestselling author of “I Let you go” and it does not disappoint. Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classified section of a London newspaper but has no idea why it’s there. Is it a co-incidence or a mistake? Yet there is another photo of her the next day and the day after that. Is someone watching her every move? The twisting plot will keep you guessing until the last minute and looking over own shoulder!

 

Available in paperback, kindle, audio. £7.99

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6. THE DRY by Jane Harper

This razor sharp crime novel will have you gripped from the first page. Set in a small town in the Australian outback, Aaron Faulk returns to the funeral of his best friend Luke who supposedly turned a gun on his wife and child before killing himself. This tightly woven plot sees Faulk, a federal officer, joining the local police force in a bid to uncover the truth behind the brutal triple killings.

This is the most gripping crime novel you’ll read this year.

Available in paperback, kindle, audio. £7.99

summer reads7. HOME GOING by Yaa Gyasi

This literary tale about two sisters, born of the same mother in 1700’s Ghana but who never met. A historical fictional epic follows both girls, Effia & Essi with two very different destinies. One is sold into slavery and one a slave trader’s wife.

Homegoing is a thought provoking and emotional novel which uncovers difficult and often unsettling truths we often hide from. A modern classic, you will not want it to end.

 

Available in paperback, kindle, audio. £9.09