Summer Reading List 2017


Invincible Summer
Alice Adams  £7.99
Following four college friends over the course of two decades as they encounter the highs and lows of adulthood.

Stay With Me
Ayobami Adebayo £14.99
A clever and funny take on domestic life in 1980s Nigeria. 2017 Bailey’s Prize Shortlist.








The Invisible Mile
David Coventry  £8.99
1928: five cyclists from Australia and New Zealand form the first English-speaking team to ride in the Tour de France. Based on the true story.

Your Father’s Room
Michel Deon  £8.99
Fictionalised account of the author’s childhood in Paris and Monte Carlo in the interwar period.

If You Tell Me to Come, I’ll Drop Everything, Just Tell Me to Come
Albert Espinosa  £8.99
A missing child takes one man on a journey to Capri, as the story of his own life starts to unravel.

The Theoretical Foot
M.F.K. Fisher  £8.99
Lost novel by one of America’s most iconic food writers: summer in Switzerland, 1930s bohemian life.

The Valentine House
Emma Henderson £17.99
From the Orange Prize shortlisted author of Grace Williams Says It Loud. A deeply involving, intriguing novel set in the French Alps.

Mend the Living
Maylis de Kerangal £8.99
Winner of the Welcome Book Prize 2017. Life, death, science, humanity – a highly original novel that gathers pace to a remarkable end; to say more would spoil it!

Hot Milk
Deborah Levy  £8.99
A delirious fairy tale of feminine potency that is both modern and timeless. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 and the Goldsmiths Prize 2016.

The Road to Lichfield
Penelope Lively  £8.99
Beautiful new edition of the Booker Prize-shortlisted first novel by one of England’s finest writers, republished to mark the 40th anniversary of its publication.

The Summer That Melted Everything
Tiffany McDaniel £8.99
Summer 1984: ice-creams melting, crops failing, and a satanic presence turns up in the form of a tattered and bruised 13-year-old boy. A blisteringly hot, gothic winner of the Guardian’s ‘Not the Booker Prize.

The Last Days of Night
Graham Moore  £8.99
Legal thriller based on the famous ‘War of the Currents’ between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse.








Mirror, Shoulder, Signal
Dorthe Nors  £10.99
The serenity of a childhood spent in remote West Jutland is ruefully and self-deprecatingly contrasted with wrestling with the gears of a midlife crisis and the big city life in Copenhagen.

Wish You Were Here
Stewart O’Nan  £9.99
A year after the death of her husband, Emily Maxwell gathers three generations of her family for one final holiday at their summer cottage.

Ann Patchett  £8.99
An illicit kiss leads to an affair that destroys two marriages and reverberates through the lives of those involved for five decades.

Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk
Kathleen Rooney  £9.99
It’s the last day of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish is about to take a walk.
A Mrs Dalloway-esque love letter to New York City.

All We Shall Know
Donal Ryan  £7.99
An extraordinary portrait of adultery, loneliness and betrayal, set in contemporary, rural Ireland.

All That Man Is
David Szalay  £8.99
Nine men. Each at a different stage in life, away from home, and striving to understand what it means to be alive. Booker Shortlist 2017.

The Summer Before the War
Helen Simonson  £8.99
The idyllic coastal town of Rye, East Sussex,  in the days before and after the Great War.

Swing Time
Zadie Smith  £8.99
Music, identity, race, class, and an expertly observed exploration of friendship.

The Lauras
Sara Taylor  £7.99
A mother and teen’s road trip across America, impulsive and compelling: a map, a journey, a life - the perfect summer read.

Dan Vyleta  £8.99
An alternative 19th century Britain where every bad thought you have is made visible – impressive debut.


Black Water Lilies
Michel Bussi  £7.99
Claude Monet’s paintings are at the heart of this brilliant murder mystery set in Giverney, France.








Dead Man’s Blues
Ray Celestin  £7.99
A missing heiress, a gruesome murder, and a group of city leaders poisoned at the Ritz.

The Hours Before Dawn
Celia Fremlin  £7.99
Patricia Highsmith with the added spice of humour. Rediscovered crime thriller from 1960.

The Dry
Jane Harper  £7.99
A murder-suicide may be more than it appears in a small farming community losing control.

Wolfgang Herrndorf £14.99
After the 1972 Munich massacre, a series of mysterious events is playing out in the Sahara desert.

Joseph Kanon  £12.99
Cold War Thriller. American brothers caught between the KGB and the CIA.

A Rising Man
Abir Mukherjee  £8.99
India 1919. Vivid Calcutta police drama exposing the dark underbelly of the British Raj. 

Rather Be The Devil
Ian Rankin  £7.99
John Rebus returns to solve a murder that has haunted him for forty years in the 21st instalment of the Edinburgh crime series.

The Secrets of Wishtide
Kate Saunders   £7.99
Mrs Laetitia Rodd is the impoverished widow of an Archdeacon. She is also a private detective of the utmost discretion.

A Talent for Murder
Andrew Wilson  £12.99
Bold and original novel based on Agatha Christie’s mysterious ten-day disappearance in 1926. 

The Frangipani Tree Mystery
Ovidio Yu       £8.99
A gentle but engaging murder-mystery set in pre-war Singapore.









The Pier Falls
Mark Haddon  £8.99
Excellent collection of unsparing and imaginative short stories.

Letters from Klara
Tove Jansson  £8.99
Latest collection from the master-storyteller translated into English for the first time.

The Purple Swamp Hen
Penelope Lively   £8.99
Lively proves herself a master of her craft in this new collection.

Goodnight, Beautiful Women
Anna Noyes  £8.99
Interconnected stories of the women of a small town in Maine.

Olga Tokarczuk  £12.99
Travel narratives interweaved with an in-depth exploration of the human body.


The Meaning of Cricket
Jon Hotten  £9.99
A very personal blend of nostalgia and detailed analysis of the game’s allure - fresh and enjoyable.

Mr Darley’s Arabian
Christopher McGrath £12.99
25 generations of racehorse (and their owners), all tracing back to one Arab colt and a bankrupt English merchant.

Climbing Days
Dan Richards  £9.99
Travel book following in the footsteps of pioneering mountaineer, Dorothy Pilley, great-great-aunt of the author.


Barn the Spoon £20.00
A guide to spoon carving and the new wood culture.

Lartigue: Life in Color
Martine d’Astier & Martine Ravache  £21.99
Exquisite images by Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986). How we wish we looked on holiday!

A Walk in the Park
Travis Elborough  £10.99
An intelligent and affectionate history of public parks - better than Bryson, according to the FT!

An Astronomer’s Tale: A Bricklayer’s Guide to the Galaxy
Gary Fildes  £8.99
Inspirational memoir by a former bricklayer who founded one of the world’s best public observatories.

Ravilious & Co
Andy Friend  £24.95
Gorgeous and lavishly illustrated; Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden and the other artists and designers who were their friends.

Tree Houses
Philip Jodidio  £12.99
Stunningly illustrated study of the best tree houses in the world.

Franny Moyle  £10.99
Doyle’s superb biography tackles the whole of the artist’s long life and the myths surrounding it.

The Long, Long Life of Trees
Fiona Stafford  £10.99
A lyrical tribute to trees, brimming with unusual topics and intriguing facts.

The Plant Messiah
Carlos Magdalena  £16.99
Kew’s tropical horticulturalist is chatty, erudite and adventurous, his job is saving the world’s rarest plants.

Anna Pavord  £9.99
Part memoir, part history, part polemic. A celebration of the British landscape, exploring how we respond to the land.


Dashing for the Post: The Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor  £10.99
The great travel writer’s correspondents included Diana Cooper, Nancy Mitford, Lawrence Durrell and Freya Stark.

The Black Prince of Florence
Catherine Fletcher  £10.99
The extraordinary story of the teenage ruler of Renaissance Florence, who was the son of a duke and a maidservant.

The Durrells of Corfu
Michael Haag  £8.99
The true story of the eccentric family’s decampment to Corfu.








The Riviera Set
Mary S. Lovell  £10.99
The story of Château de l’Horizon, the 1930s French villa that became a playground for the rich and famous.

The Unfinished Palazzo 
Judith Mackrell  £19.95 
Life, love and art in Venice - the stories of Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse and Peggy Guggenheim and their times as owners of the Palazzo Venier.

Set the Boy Free
Johnny Marr  £8.99
The autobiography of the Smiths’ guitarist whose playing, like Hank Marvin before him, influenced a generation of musicians.

Martin Luther
Lyndal Roper  £14.99
10 years of research have yielded a vivid, compelling and scholarly biography.

Inside Vogue: My Diary of Vogue’s 100th Year
Alexandra Shulman £9.99
Candid portrait of the fashion world with insightful details of the work/family/life juggle.

Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea
Teffi   £9.99
A personal account of the disintegration of Tsarist Russia after the Revolution.

Hillbilly Elegy
J.D. Vance  £9.99
Vance’s piercing account of his own white working-class origins and the dark side of upward class mobility.


Tiki Cocktails
David Adams & Peggy Holden £14.99
200 super tropical drinks to get you in the summer mood!

Rosé All Day
Katherine Cole  £14.99
An entertaining history of the wine.

Emiko Davies  £25.00
Recipes and stories from Tuscany’s Secret Silver Coast.

Summer in the Islands: An Italian Odyssey
Matthew Fort  £14.99
Travelling by Vespa and ferry, Fort tours all 52 of Italy’s islands, sampling all the culinary and cultural delights.

Ino Kuvacic  £20.00
Recipes to transport you from your kitchen to the shores of Croatia.
The Salad Garden
Joy Larkcom  £16.99
An all you need to know guide to growing more than 200 salad plants.
Night Trains: The Rise and Fall of the Sleeper
Andrew Martin  £14.99

In journeys to Istanbul, Lisbon, Venice, and more, bestselling author Andrew Martin recaptures the glamour and intrigue of the night train.

The Mindful Art of Wild Swimming
Tessa Wardley  £8.99
How swimming in rivers, lakes and sea may just be the very epitome of conscious living.

Island Home
Tim Winton  £8.99
A love story to Australia and a cry to save it, by the brilliant writer and environmentalist.


Macmillan Little Blue Classics £7.99 - £11.99
Beautiful and extremely portable collection of classic fiction and non-fiction books – perfect for the pockets of discerning travellers.