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The best fiction to read in the summer sun

Summer reading part three

Dear reader,

We’ve looked at the ideal non-fiction and children books to read this summer and now for fiction. I’ve selected a real range of fantastic novels that all share an essential ingredient: they are instantly absorbing, addictive stories, perfect for holiday escapism!

In celebration of summer reading, we also have an opportunity for visitors to the store to WIN £500 worth of books: one of every title featured in our special summer reading window display, kindly sponsored by Penguin Random House and Dorling Kindersley publishers.

Simply pick up a bespoke postcard in the book department and write us a message in 50 words or less to be in with a chance of winning (entry deadline 5th August) – wish you were here!

Holly

The Lost Man

 

The Lost Man

Jane Harper

£7.99
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If you thought it was hot in the UK this week, it is nothing compared to the extreme, unrelenting dry heat of the Australian outback that provides the setting for this atmospheric crime fiction. Cameron Bright is found dead at the foot of an isolated old stockman’s grave, apparently having committed suicide. His brothers, Nathan and Bub, suspect immediately that there is more to it and return to the family farm, laden with suspicions and anger. The story builds to an incredibly claustrophobic and tense denouement as everyone becomes a suspect and dark secrets of the past are revealed.

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The Murder of Harriet Monckton

 

The Murder of Harriet Monckton

Elizabeth Haynes

£8.99
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A riveting historical murder mystery that is impressive both for its forensic plotting (making it impossible to guess the ending ahead of time) and the tight-knit community it conjures. Set in 1843, the book is inspired by real-life documents found in the National Archives in Kew, detailing the case of Harriet Monckton’s murder. The case was never solved, but Haynes sets out to bring her justice, with suspects ranging from her fellow teacher and companion, her would-be fiancé, her seducer and her former lover.

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Sweet Sorrow

 

Sweet Sorrow

David Nicholls

RRP £20
Jarrold price £15
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The first novel in five years from the author of bestseller and book group favourite, One Day. Sweet Sorrow couldn’t be a more perfect summer read, a ‘tragicomedy’ taking place over one life-changing summer for sixteen-year-old Charlie Lewis. His life is beset by family upheaval after his mother has left and Charlie is living with his severely depressed father. Everything changes when he meets the dazzling Fran Fisher and all in the name of first love, ends up joining a very unlikely drama company. Vivid, life-affirming and with moments that make you cringe with recognition!

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An Unsuitable Woman

 

An Unsuitable Woman

Kat Gordon

£8.99

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An addictive historical drama, set in 1920s colonial Kenya, interweaving family drama, love, lust, betrayal and murder – what more could you ask for? Teenage Theo arrives in the simmering heat of Nairobi with his family, bright and innocent. But when he meets American heiress Sylvie de Cröy and is welcomed into her inner circle – the Happy Valley set – he is soon faced with scandal, corruption and most dangerous of all, he falls in love. Based on the real lives of the so-called Happy Valley set, this novel is completely immersive.

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Hotel du Lac

 

Hotel du Lac

Anita Brookner

£8.99


Summer reading is often associated with books that tackle matters of the heart so I thought I’d go for a classic in this category, winner of the 1984 Booker Prize but ideal re-reading every year.  Edith Hope is the star of the novel, a woman exiled from home after an embarrassing ‘incident’, staying for four weeks at the demure Hotel du Lac on the shores of Lake Geneva. Clinging to an increasingly unrealistic ideal of love, amongst the guests at the hotel she meets Mr Neville, whose presence opens up alternative options (not necessarily welcome) to a life of spinsterhood. Refreshing and thought-provoking.

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Nemesis

 

Nemesis

Rory Clements

£7.99
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Rounding off this selection is a pacey spy thriller from Norwich author Rory Clements, the third in his Sunday Times bestselling series, set in the years preceding World War Two, featuring maverick history professor Tom Wilde. Wilde is holidaying in France when he discovers a former student is being held in a concentration camp in the Pyrenees. Wilde secures his release while German tanks roll into Poland and once again he is pulled into grave personal danger and a world of espionage and conspiracy. Ideal for fans of William Boyd and Robert Harris.

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