The sun is starting to shine, the flowers are in bloom and the talk of Pimm’s on the lawn has begun. That can only mean one thing – Summer is on it’s way! For those lucky souls who are escaping to warmer climates and for those who just want to imagine they are, we have these truly excellent recommended reads!
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
A unique story of desire, duty, friendship and love set along the Essex coastline, where a mysterious creature resembling a serpent is striking fear into the hearts and minds of a small town.
The Girls by Emma Cline
A gripping coming of age story, inspired by the female followers of Charles Manson. Intoxicating, beautiful and fascinating to read, The Girls will break your heart and blow your mind.
New Boy by Tracy Chevalier
A retelling of Shakespeare’s Othello, set in a 1970’s schoolyard in Washington. New Boy explores friendship, jealousy, love and beautifully illustrates how children absorb their parents and teachers attitudes towards race and prejudice. Set in one school day the players of this tale will never be the same again.
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
A short but beautiful novel about love and the fractured and complex relationship between a mother and daughter.
Black Water by Louise Doughty
Black Water is an epic novel that explores some of the darkest events of recent world history through the story of one troubled man.