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 the contents of their reading lists this summer:

Annie Reid - Founder

manhattan beach Jennifer Egan

I am loving Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, who wrote A Visit from the Goon Squad (also on my holiday list). This is set in war-time America with the most interesting diverse character list and a ripping yarn to boot. £14.99

Emily Turner - Editor


Lucy Mangan’s Bookworm is about the books that shaped her growing up (combined with lots of fascinating insights and proper laugh out loud asides) and I am loving it - largely because they are the same stories that shaped me. £14.99

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie is the best book I have read this year, by a margin.

Caroline Bonor-Moris - Accounts


I have been spellbound by The Handmaid’s Tale so thought I would actually read the book. £5.99

For lighter reading, I have just finished The Jackson Lamb thrillers by Mick Hebron.  Very easy reading and great characterisations but maybe a bit 'boyish', they were my husband’s purchases! £20.95 (for 5 books)

Anya Waddington - Schools Editor


I am now really enjoying Katherine Heiney’s Standard Deviation, not plot-led particularly, but very funny to anyone married or/and a parent. £6.18

Next up will be Sally Rooney Conversations with Friends which several friends have recommended.

I loved Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire

Claire Gill - Newsletter Editor & Books Co-Editor


I want to re-read Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient now that it has won best book ever prize.

Currently I'm reading Eucalyptus, a 1998 novel by Australian novelist Murray Bail. The book won the 1999 Miles Franklin Award and the 1999 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. And is a sort of Australian magical realism if that is a sort of anything. Surprising and funny and moving about a father and daughter relationship in the outback.

Have got Home Fire by my bed which I can’t wait to devour in one sitting somewhere far away.

Julia Colls - What's On and Parties Editor


Nearly finished Tin Man by Sarah Winman and loving it. £5.99

Next on my list is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. £5.75

Faith Short - Production


I just read Educated - very interesting tale of a young woman who grew up in a Mormon family in rural Idaho and got a PhD from Cambridge. £8.99

Also in my pile is  A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. £7.99

Emmah Duffus - Education


It’s got to be Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Literally could not put it down and feeling slightly bereft I’ve now finished it. Story of two very different American families and how their lives become curiously entwined. £5.99

Emergency Sex (And Other Desperate Measures): True Stories from a War Zone has been recommended to me by several friends and in my Amazon shopping basket - pressures of being a UN worker in a war zone. £8.99

Suzie Skipper - Family Health & Family Travel 

I’ve just finished The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. It switches between two time periods - 1915 and 1947. The earlier period focuses on female spies working in German occupied France. It was absolutely fascinating and a great story too. The latter period includes the dilemmas of a young girl who finds herself pregnant and unmarried. £6.55

Jill Forbes - Editorial


Eleonor Oliphant is completely Fine by Gail Honeyman - just loved this, easy to read. £4.99

Have just started Bad Blood by John Carreyrou, it’s gripping and so fascinating that it’s a true story.

Louise Chitty - Fashion and Pregnancy & Baby

As a big fan of the High Low podcast I'm looking forward to reading Dolly Alderton's book. £10.99

Next on my list is Hot Milk by Deborah Levy. The book follows a mother and daughter who embark on a journey to a Spanish Clinic in search of a medical cure for the mother’s paralysis. £5.31

Jo Beresford–Pierse - Online Production


Just finished Adam Kay - This Is Going To Hurt.  Funny and sad in equal measure. Eye opener into the daily trials and brutal working hours of a junior doctor. £6.99

Next on my list is Lauren Weisberger - When Life Gives You Lululemons (beach reading!) £17.08

Anna Carpmael - Accounts & Distribution

Red Notice How I became Putin’s No.1 Enemy by Bill Browder is my best read this year. A real-life political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin's corruption. £6.99

Nora Kralik - Editorial Assistant

Sharp Objects Gillian Flynn  The Woman in the Window AJ Finn

I have read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn recently because they are making a TV show of it and I was curious. £8.99 Orion I have just picked up The Woman in the Window so that's next on my to-read list. £12.99 Harper Collins. And The Nightingale was amazing!

Amanda Grapes - Head of Design

The Party by Elizabeth Day

The Party by Elizabeth Day £8.99 4th Estate

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