August Update:  Whether you’ve been on holiday, stayed at home, or are yet to go – we’ve added a dozen reviews – in hardback and paperback for your summer reading pleasure. Some of the titles we’ve already reviewed in Issue 1 are now out in paperback too, we’ve marked them for you in the menu.

The aim of our summer reading list is to transport you – to another place, another time, or maybe even both at once.  

We go from contemporary Freemantle in Australia with Tim Winton to Brooklyn with Michael Cunningham, and many places in between. We can take you to Peshawar back in the age of Empire with Kamila Shamsie, and to 16th century Sicily with Marina Fiorato’s audacious prequel to Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.  For those of us Brits who may be planning a staycation, how about travelling back to 1989 with Kate Clanchy’s social comedy set in Hampstead, or swinging London in the 1960s with Sadie Jones. 

The success of holiday reading also depends upon the company you keep – maybe Nick Harkaway’s reluctant hero in Tigerman would keep you safe, or would you prefer the tribulations of hanging out with the seven Harristown sisters from Dublin in Michelle Lovric’s latest? 

For those who haven’t fallen in love with their e-readers, we haven’t forgotten about the convenience of paperbacks on holiday either, with a great selection for you from Pulitzer Prize winner Donna Tartt to the newest addition to the James Bond novels by William Boyd. 

As always there’s something for everyone.


Happy summer reading! Annabel, Fiction Editor at Shiny New Books


4 thoughts on “Fiction

  1. Jo Ann Lewis says:

    I read a review and comments of daphne du maurier’s frenchmans creek. By “stuck in a book” which led me to this. It was from June of 2012.
    I can’t seem to find the next days post, and other comments. I also was unable to comment. Is it just too long ago?
    It was a wonderful blog and I enjoyed all the discussions -tremendously – of my favorite book by my favorite author.

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