Summer Books

Oh the joy of a good book! But what to choose for that precious reading time on holiday? The a&u team share what's on their reading list this summer:

Emily Turner - Editor

I have a stack of books piling up waiting to be read. Holidays are their chance:

Colm Toibin House of Names - I'm a sucker for the Summer Reading lists in weekend papers and this seemed to be on everyone's. £12.99

Elit Bautman The Idiot - Hopefully it's going to make me laugh. £16.99,

Jessie Burton The Miniaturist - I seem to be the only person who hasn't read it! £8.99

Charlotte Hobson The Vanishing Futurist - I bought it in the gift shop of the RA on the way out of the Russian show earlier this year. It has a great cover. £16.99

Richard Manson History of a Pleasure Seeker - I have no recollective of buying this but it's on the pile. £7.99

Annie Reid - Editor

I'm in the middle of Matt Haig's How to Stop Time, a brilliant book about a man who doesn't age. Born in the 14th century it dots around from then to the present day. £9.99

Deborah Levy Hot Milk - Set in Spain and Greece with a gorgeously complicated main character £8.99

Next on my list:

Mike McCormack Solar Bones - the award-winning book that's narrated in a single sentence, £6.99

Elizabeth Strout Anything is Possible - I've heard great things, £18.31

Caroline Bonor-Moris - Accounts

This summer I got my ideas from the Man Booker Prize long list:
Colton Whitehead The Underground Railroad - it's winning all prizes at the moment £17.95
Madeleine Thein Do Not Say We Have Nothing -  Revolving around the Chinese Cultural Revolution the story follows a 10-year-old girl and her mother who invite a Chinese refugee into their home £8.99
Jon Mcgregor Reservoir 13 - chilling and sad. I'm going to read some Santa Montefiore after to pick me up! £14.99

Anya Waddington - Schools Editor

I am about (literally) to put in my suitcase:
Sarah Perry The Essex Serpent - Recommended by many and who could resist the William Morris cover? £8.99
Anne Tyler's latest Vinegar Girl - she is my go-to author - I often can't wait for the paperback, £8.99
Frances Spufford's Golden Hill - Costa winner £16.99
Graeme Macrae Burnet His Bloody Project - the Scottish crime fiction that some commentators were snooty about being on last year's booker short list, £8.99

Daisy Allsup - Editorial

We have a tradition in our family of taking a new cook book on each summer holiday - we all muck in with the cooking and love trying new recipes. On the list this year:

Nina Parker Nina St Tropez: Recipes from the South of France - Nina Parker used to work at Boca di Lupo and she's also extremely glamorous so I'm interested to try her cookbook in France this year, £20

Aaron Bertelsen The Great Dixter Cookbook: Recipes from an English Garden - I am dying to visit Great Dixter whose gardens inspired this cookbook. Seasonal recipes for summer weekends. £24.95

Claire Gill - Newsletter Editor 

Jeanette Walls The Glass Castle - a memoir about an extraordinarily dysfunctional upbringing - funny, moving and thought provoking, £6.29
Colm Toibin House of Names - as well as everyone else! £12.99
Philip Pulman trilogy His Dark Materials etc - because i’ve never read it and my son, Arthur adores it.  I'm trying to catch up with him! £11.99

Julia Colls - What's On and Parties Editor

I'm currently unable to put down Terry Hayes' I am Pilgrim but am just about finishing it. Then I'm moving on to:
John Fowles The Magus -  the story about a young British graduate who is teaches English on a small Greek island and gets embroiled in dark and disturbing psychological thoughts, £6.75
Yea Gyasi Homegoing - It's had fab reviews and I've been longing to read it for ages, £8.99
Fredrik Backman A Man called Ove - incredibly touching, £6.29

Faith Short - Production

Francesca Segal The Awkward Age, £14.99
Peter May The Blackhouse - my sister in law recommended this gripping book and she's now onto the second title in the trilogy, £5.59

Nora Kralik - Editorial 

I've been hooked on Channel 4's dystopian drama The Handmaid's Tale so I've decided to read the book that it's based on:

Margaret Attwood The Handmaid's Tale - I've just started it and it's not entirely like the tv show but just as brilliant, £7.49

Louise Simkins - Fashion and Interiors Editorial 

I've recently finished I am Pilgrim which is a brilliant page-turner for a summer holiday. Also on my list is:

Dorit Rabinyan All the Rivers - about an Israeli and Palestinian couple who meet in New York but know that their relationship can't continue, that it can only exist away from their conflicted homeland, £8.99

Emmah Duffus - Education

Sarah Parry The Essex Serpent, £8.99 
Hannah Kent The Good People - I've been longing to read more from the author of who the brilliant, Burial Rites, £13.49
Jessie Burton The Muse - a great story, particularly if you are going to Spain. But not quite as good as her first book, The Miniaturist, £6.99

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