Summer Reads 2018
After the Party
Cressida Connolly £14.99
Summer 1938: novel based on the stories of women who supported Oswald Mosley.
Joe Dunthorne £12.99
Wickedly funny look at the modern everyman – stuck in adolescence well beyond his biological prime.
The Beautiful Summer
Cesare Pavese £7.99
First published in 1949: a heart-wrenching tale of lost innocence and first love.
Anne Tyler £18.99
Bittersweet new novel from the much-loved author. Worth the extra luggage allowance for the hardback!
Rose Macaulay £8.99
A biting social satire, first published in 1926, following Denham from her carefree existence in Andorra to the gossiping, highbrow circle of her London relatives.
Upamanyu Chatterjee £8.99
30th anniversary edition of the novel hailed as India’s Catcher in the Rye.
In a Country Garden
Maeve Haran £7.99
Growing old not so gracefully, from the bestselling author of The Time of Their Lives.
The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao
Martha Batalha £8.99
Wickedly funny tale of two rebellious sisters in 1940s Rio de Janeiro.
The Last Family in England
Matt Haig £8.99
Early comic novel from the bestselling author, with the story told by the family Labrador.
A Long Way From Home
Peter Carey £8.99
A thrilling car race across 1950s Australia from the Booker-prize winning author.
Love and Ruin
Paula McLain £14.99
Novel based on Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway falling in love as journalists covering the Spanish Civil War.
Jennifer Egan £8.99
Full of tension and danger: Brooklyn Naval Yard’s first female diver during the Second World War and the criminal underworld of New York. Wonderfully assured writing from the Pulitzer-prize-winning author.
Meet Me at the Museum
Anne Youngson £12.99
Debut novel about late love written in letter form – beautiful, hope-filled read.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Arundhati Roy £8.99
Long-awaited second novel from the author of The God of Small Things.
My Absolute Darling
Gabriel Tallent £8.99
Critically acclaimed debut novel about a father and daughter: brutal but often beautiful.
My Face for the World to See
Alfred Hayes £7.99
1950s modern classic novella set in Hollywood.
Elizabeth Day £8.99
Old money, new money, an unlikely friendship and a 40th birthday – an Observer book of the year.
The Rise and Fall of DODO
Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland £9.99
Magic and time travel collide in this new collaborative work by the multi-award-winning author.
The Shepherd’s Hut
Tim Winton £14.99
A story of survival, solitude and unlikely friendship. A page-turning heartbreaker.
The Sparsholt Affair
Alan Hollingshurst £8.99
Follows the intimate relationships of a group of friends bound together by art, literature and love, through three generations from 1940’s Oxford.
Katherine Heiny £8.99
What happens when the force of nature that is Graham’s second wife makes friends with his first wife, her polar opposite.
The Summer House
Philip Teir £12.99
West coast of Finland: a seemingly perfect family summer holiday… by the author of The Winter War.
The Summer House Party
Caro Fraser £8.99
1936: interesting characters, shocking event… Good, solid summer read.
Matthew Kneale £8.99
Summer 1849: a desperate search for a missing wife in the dark netherworld of subterranean London while cholera threatens all.
Elisabeth Russell Taylor £9.99
Elisabeth Danziger, a Jewish refugee living in London, returns every year to the Danish island where her family had idyllic holidays.
Michael Ondaatje £16.99
Two teenagers abandoned in an exhausted post-war London. A triumph of tone and construction.
Harriet Evans £7.99
Family saga revolving around a Dorset beach house - reads like a “Cazalet” novel.
Days of Awe
A M Homes £14.99
Fearless and funny stories exposing the heart of 21st century America.
The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth
William Boyd £8.99
Stories with artists’ affairs, literary revenges and Bond-style thrills.
Evening Descends Upon the Hills
Anna Maria Ortese £9.99
Set in Naples in the aftermath of WWII, these stories first published in 1953 inspired Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels.
Christine Schutt £8.99
Exquisitely weird stories of longing and danger.
Lawrence Osborne £8.99
White-hot page-turner set on the Greek island of Hydra.
Force of Nature
Jane Harper £7.99
Five went out, four came back… The gripping new thriller from the bestselling author of The Dry.
A Legacy of Spies
John le Carré £8.99
The long-retired Peter Guillam is summoned back to London.
Louise Welsh £8.99
Action-packed post-apocalyptic thriller. Humanity survives as a rural community on the Orkney Islands.
Malin Persson Giolito £8.99
Acclaimed Swedish courtroom drama.
A Shot in the Dark
Lynne Truss £12.99
First in a witty new crime series set in Brighton.
Silver & Salt
Elanor Dymott £8.99
Psychological suspense: the lies a family tell to survive and the shocking consequences.
Smoke and Ashes
Abir Mukherjee £12.99
India 1921: third volume in the award-winning detective Sam Wyndham series.
Laura Lippman £7.99
Brilliant beach noir.
This is What Happened
Mick Herron £12.99
Brand new standalone thriller from one of the bookshop’s favourite authors.
A Traitor in the Family
Nicholas Searle £8.99
Quality thriller from the bestselling author of The Good Liar.
People and Places
Max Adams £9.99
War and peace in the Viking age. By the acclaimed author of King in the North.
Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave
Zora Neale Hurston £8.99
In 1931 Cudjo Lewis, a ninety-year-old ex-slave, shared heart-rending memories of his African childhood, capture and years spent in slavery.
The Billion Dollar Spy
David E Hoffman £9.99
A true story of cold war espionage and betrayal.
The Boy Behind the Curtain
Tim Winton £8.99
The much-loved author discloses the chaos that shaped his life and upbringing in Australia.
Dolce Vita Confidential
Shawn Levy £9.99
1950s Rome: celebrities and the press chasing them, desperate for a story.
Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up
Claire Wilcox & Circe Henestrosa (eds.) £35
Sumptuous book to accompany this summer’s V&A exhibition.
Patrick Barkham £9.99
An exploration of the smallest islands of the British Isles. From the award-winning, bestselling nature and travel writer who will be speaking at Sevenoaks Literary Festival this year.
Simon Fenwick £9.99
Beauty, rebel, muse: the remarkable life of Joan Leigh Fermor.
The Long Weekend
Adrian Tinniswood £16.99
Life in the English country house between the wars.
Craig Brown £9.99
Original biography of Princess Margaret: detailed, witty and eye-opening!
Modernists & Mavericks
Martin Gayford £24.95
Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London painters.
On Michael Jackson
Margo Jefferson £9.99
The story of one of the great performers of the 20th century, as told by one of the great critics of the 21st century.
The Photographs of Joan Leigh Fermor
Ian Collins & Olivia Stewart (eds.) £25
Photographs of her life in Greece.
Lois Pryce £10.99
3,000 mile journey across Iran on a motorbike.
The Secret Twenties
Timothy Phillips £10.99
British intelligence, the Russians and the Jazz Age.
The Shipwreck Hunter
David L Mearns £9.99
60 years hunting for shipwrecks and the stories behind them: a lifetime of extraordinary deep-sea discoveries.
The Shortest History of Germany
James Hawes £8.99
The story of the country from Julius Caesar to Angela Merkel.
Six Weeks of Blenheim Summer
Alastair Panton £8.99
One pilot’s extraordinary account of the Battle of France.
Olivier Rolin £8.99
Once a national hero then exiled to the Gulag, the story of an innocent man caught up in the brutality of Soviet paranoia.
The Stopping Places
Damian Le Bas £14.99
A journey through gypsy Britain – really well written and revelatory.
Travels Through the French Riviera
Virginia Johnson £15.99
Beautifully-packaged artist’s guide from Menton to Saint-Tropez.
Jessica J Lee £9.99
An account of an obsession with swimming across every lake in Berlin.
The Unfinished Palazzo
Judith Mackrell £9.99
Life, love and art and delicious eccentricity in Venice - the stories of Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse and Peggy Guggenheim, owners of the Palazzo Venier.
Venice: The Art of Living
Lydia Fasoli and Toto Bergamo Rossi £39.95
A gorgeous look at the private interiors and gardens of Venice.
Jasper Winn £16.99
A year of slow travel along Britain’s canals – on foot, by bike, in a kayak and on narrowboats.
Wear & Tear
Tracy Tynan £9.99
Brilliant memoir by the daughter of the theatre critic Kenneth Tynan and the author Elaine Dundy.
Whatever Happened to Margo?
Margaret Durrell £9.99
Margo returns to England with two young children and sets up a boarding house. Chaos ensues.
The Wild Other
Clover Stroud £8.99
Embracing danger and romance, Clover travelled with gypsies to Ireland, cowboys in Texas and outlaws in Russia.
Wine and Dine
C is for Caribbean
Rukmini Iyer & Kim Lightbody £12
50 vibrant Caribbean dishes.
Cuba: The Cookbook
Madelaine Vazquez Galvez and Imogene Tondre £29.95
Beautiful, comprehensive guide to the cookery of Cuba.
The Hidden Hut
Simon Stallard £20
Irresistible recipes from Cornwall’s best-kept secret.
Honey & Co at Home
Sarit Packer & Itamar Srulovich £26
Middle Eastern recipes from the chefs’ kitchen.
Paris Picnic Club
Shaheen Peerbhai & Jennie Levitt £19.99
More than 100 recipes inspired by the diverse cuisines of Paris.
Julia Charles £7.99
40 deliciously different pink-wine based drinks.
A Table in Venice
Skye McAlpine £26
Lusciously illustrated recipes from Venice.
Wine by the Glass
Oz Clarke £9.99
Clearly set-out guide to give confidence so you can approach the world of wine with ‘a smile on your face and a sparkle in your eye.’
Gardens and Nature
Big Pig, Little Pig
Jacqueline Yallop £9.99
A year on a smallholding in south-west France.
Life in the Garden
Penelope Lively £9.99
Memoir of her gardening life and exploration of gardening in literature.
Derek Jarman £9.99
Re-issue of the journals about the making of his Dungeness garden.
The Seabird’s Cry
Adam Nicolson £9.99
The lives and loves of puffins, gannets and other ocean voyagers.
The Secret Life of Cows
Rosamund Young £7.99
Delightful book about the intelligence and personality of cows.
Marten Stroksnes £9.99
The author and a friend set out in a small rubber dinghy to track the enigmatic deep-water Greenland shark.
Ian Stephen £9.99
Ten sea journeys around Scotland’s west coast in a range of different vessels.
Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket
Stephen Fay and David Kynaston £20
Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep
Peter Cossins £9.99
The tale of the first Tour de France.
Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics
Jonathan Wilson £9.99
One of the best football books, now fully updated.
Malcolm Folley £9.99
Inside F1’s greatest race.
Mike Brearley £10.99
What it means to be on form and in the zone. A contender for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017.
And a Little Something Extra
Lonely Planet Packing List
80 tear-off packing lists for every type of trip.
Penguin Modern Classics
50 wonderfully portable little books from ground-breaking authors. From complete stories to essays, and speeches to poems.
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