The Best Summer Reads of 2018

Everyone loves a great holiday read, whether serious fiction, fast-paced crime, chick-lit or factual books are your preference. Inspired by the Man Booker Prize longlist, now is a great time to treat yourself to some new reads.

 

Gripping American Crime

The Roanoake Girls by Amy Engel was Richard and Judy’s pick of last year and became a number one ebook bestseller thanks to its huge online buzz. If you’ve not read it yet, this summer is the perfect time to do so. It’s beautifully written and tells the story of the mysterious and glamorous Roanoake girls, who grow up in rural splendour in small-town America. But why, in a family with so many beautiful and seemingly untouchable girls, do so many of the elusive Roanoakes have an untimely end? And what is the story of their charismatic grandfather and his wife? This story is full of twists and turns, shocking and compelling, and readers will be left in suspense until the very last page as they take a journey with the latest Roanoake girl as she returns to the family home after being raised by her runaway mother. Get it from WH Smith for £5.75 and find a quiet corner to enjoy this page-turner in peace!

 

Challenge Your Brain with the History of Man

The bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, written by Yuval Noah Harari, is a beautiful book that has sold over one million copies worldwide and counting. Thoughtful, insightful, meticulously researched and beautifully written, it has become a sensation for its rich research, compelling tales and fantastic quality of prose. The book traces mankind’s evolution through varied cultures, races and tribes, taking a winding route across the world as he takes the reader with him on a fascinating journey that will leave images, thoughts and questions in the mind of the reader long after the book has finished. Find it at Amazon for £6.99 in paperback.

 

Light Comedy Fiction for Hassled Parents!

Why Mummy Swears by Gill Sims is a wonderfully funny holiday read for exasperated parents everywhere. This latest offering provides a range of familiar and colourful situations involving motherhood which will have readers laughing in recognition and reaching out for another mojito by the pool. In this edition, Mummy is dealing with the summer holidays and her bored children. Already the time taken off work in the hope of recuperation has left her exhausted as she cycles through an endless round of childcare, sports camps and the prospect of organising the school Christmas Fayre without much help. If that wasn’t all, she’s dealing with family dramas that include her Dad’s glamorous new young wife and her endlessly self-absorbed mother – causing her to curse away with enthusiasm! If you fancy a light, funny read, then this is a great choice to pack into a suitcase or to enjoy on a weekend when you get a little time to yourself. Find it for just £4.99 – reduced from £12.99 – at The Book People.

 

Ramp Up Your Travel Inspiration with Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet travel guides are known the world over for their superb research, inspiration and accuracy. You will enjoy excellent journalism, beautiful images and carefully written guides which tell you everything you need to know about destinations which appeal to you. Whether you fancy a road trip across the US West Coast or to discover Vietnam as the locals see it, these guides will get you started. How about a stunning winter trip to Russia to see the ballet and the Red City and to experience a culture so very different to our own? The full Russia travel guide costs just £19.99.

 

An Insight into the Making of Jack Reacher

Crime lovers will have been following the adventures of the infamous Jack Reacher for years, and Lee Child’s superb character has already been translated to the big Hollywood screen with Tom Cruise in the lead role. But how does the famous author go about his work and create such compelling crime thrillers? This book, Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and The Making of Me, is a fascinating biography and meta-novel. It explores Lee’s first novel, The Killing Floor, which was released in 1994, and then takes the reader through the journey of the character’s twenty-year development through to the 20th novel in the collection, Make Me, which was written in 2014. In this book, Andy Martin – a self-confessed huge Reacher fan and well-known academic – watched Lee Child write and wrote about what he saw. The result is something completely unique and a wonderful insight into the process of writing a novel in real time. It is probably the first type of book written in this instant real-time view, but be warned: it does contain Make Me spoilers – so perhaps buy the pair! Get it from The Book People at the discounted price of £16.09.

 

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Which books will you pack in your holiday luggage this summer?