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6 Summer Reads

Nothing says summer like a scorching page-turner. Whether you’re taking time out in the garden or sitting poolside this summer, we’ve put together our best reads to get you through the warmer months.

Normal People
Sally Rooney

This bestseller has been all over our Instagram feeds since its release and it’s not just the eye-catching cover that has made this book so popular. Critically acclaimed, the story follows the mismatched relationship of Marianne and Connell as they navigate their way through life and love. Described as a “universally relatable modern romance” this nuanced love story was also crowned Waterstone’s book of the year in 2018.

The Woman in the Window
AJ Finn

AJ Finn’s debut novel quickly rose to the top as a New York Times bestseller and with its thrilling suspense and shocking plot twists, it’s not hard to see why. The story follows chronic agoraphobic Anna who witnesses a murder and must uncover the truth behind the mystery. If you loved Girl on the Train or Gone Girl, this summer suspense is for you.

Everything I know about Love
Dolly Alderton

Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton pens an epic memoir about love, life, friendship and growing up in this coming of age book. Behind every bad date, heartbreak and terrible flat share, Alderton praises the female friendships that underpin her experiences. Pick up this autobiographical read if you’re looking for a light-hearted way to pass an hour or two.

Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty

Prepare for the hotly anticipated second series of Big Little Lies this summer and read the original book that inspired the TV adaptation. The plot focuses on the lives of three mothers brought together by playground whispers, betrayal and the dark truth behind each other’s perfect lives.

The Vanity Fair Diaries
Tina Brown

Tina Brown’s eight years as Editor in Chief at Vanity Fair are lived out in this cinematic memoir. Following the glamorous ups and the dramatic downs, this fascinating read chronicles a young woman’s life in the competitive publishing world during the glittering era of the 1980s.

How to Fail
Elizabeth Day

Following her hugely popular podcast of the same name, Elizabeth Day’s book helps to celebrate and embrace life’s misfortunes in order to harness failure as strength. This uplifting read is the perfect beach book to leave you feeling recharged and inspired.

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