The aim of our summer reading list is to transport you – to another place, another time, or maybe both at once.
We go from contemporary Perth in Australia with Tim Winton to Brooklyn with Michael Cunningham, and many places in between. We take you to Peshawar back in the age of Empire with Kamila Shamsie, 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 Pullitzer Prize winner Donna Tartt to the newest addition to the James Bond novels.
Happy summer reading! Annabel, Fiction Editor at Shiny New Books