Summer – the sun is shining and you’re looking for something to read on the beach/on the plane/in the park/in the garden. Here are my top summer reads, some out already, and some coming out in the next couple of months. Most importantly, all are perfect for the hot weather.
1. The Storms of War by Kate Williams
Billed as Downton Abbey meets Atonement, this First World War-set novel is the sweeping first book in a series that, if justice is to be served, will go on to do big things.
Out July 2.
2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell’s second adult novel, Landline, has a tinge of nostalgia perfect for a hazy summer day. Through its ups and downs it’ll sweep you away like a warm breeze.
Out July 31.
3. The Secret Place by Tana French
Intrigue, murder, and the vagaries of teenage girls – Tana French brings those ingredients and more together in The Secret Place, the most perfect crime novel I’ve read for some time.
Out on August 28.
4. Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little
If you like your news in short sharp snippets and you like you celebrity gossip with plenty of commentary, Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little is the perfect book. Its narrator is full of snark, and its premise will have you guessing to the surprising end, so get your sunglasses and paparazzi face on.
Out on August 14.
5. The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman
Forget everything you know, or don’t, about boxing and delve into Anna Freeman’s The Fair Fight, a swashbuckling novel about female fighters, feminism and standing up for yourself.
Out on August 28.
6. Her by Harriet Lane
Chilling enough to help keep you cool through the hot summer months, Harriet Lane’s Her is addictive and filled with tension that builds and builds to a horrifying climax.
7. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
Surprisingly, for a book with an 82-year-old protagonist, Emma Healey’s Elizabeth is Missing will have you on the edge of your seat from the beginning.
8. The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby
For fans of fashion, icons and history, The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby is a brilliant, easy-to-read novel about one of the most famous outfits in memory.