Summer Reads

In Book Review, Miscellaneous on June 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Can you believe that the Great British summer is upon us? As I type, the rain is lashing at the window pane and the wind is howling down the chimney. Pretty grim stuff – I’m hoping that a sizzling summer is on its way – a summer to spend lounging in the garden, or on a beach, or under a tree in a park, engrossed in a good book. One can only live in hope!

Reading can be so based on the seasons and there is something special about Summer reading. It feels quite indulgent as we make time for ourselves to relax and read for hours; to luxuriate in a fantastic story with the sun warming your skin. A ritual which I adore is browsing the library shelves to choose which books to take with me on holiday – oh, bliss!

If this weather carries on as it is we will need a fabulous beach read to transport us to faraway places. Here are some we recommend:

The Stranger's Child

In the late summer of 1913 the aristocratic young poet Cecil Valance comes to stay at ‘Two Acres’, the home of his close Cambridge friend George Sawle. The weekend will be one of excitements and confusions for all the Sawles, but it is on George’s 16-year-old sister Daphne that it will have the most lasting impact.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, Fifty Shades of Grey is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever. When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey , she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.

Mockingjay - Hunger Games Trilogy No. 3

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.


Poet and pervert, Humbert becomes obsessed by 12 year-old Lolita and seeks to possess her, first carnally and then artistically. This is Nabokov’s best known novel which brought him worldwide fame and was later made into a film.

My Story

 Enter the enthralling world of British Olympic diver, Tom Daley. Tom had hearts in mouths when he dived at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where he won two gold medals. He is one of Britain’s gleaming hopes for gold at the London 2012 Olympics. But there is also a heartbreaking and inspiring story of a young athlete coping with the death of his father whilst under the glare of the world’s media spotlight. In this, Tom’s first official memoir, he offers unprecedented access to the pressures, challenges and fascinating experiences of a world-class Olympian.

Not Dead Yet

For LA producer Larry Brooker, this is the movie that could bring the fortune that has so long eluded him. For rock superstar, Gaia, desperate to be taken seriously as an actor, this is the role that could get her an Oscar nomination.

Matters of the Heart

In a spellbinding blend of suspense and human drama, Danielle Steel tells a powerful story of love and betrayal, hope and forgiveness. In it, she chronicles one woman’s courageous journey from vulnerability to strength, from victim to survivor.

Then Came You

With startling tenderness and laugh-out-loud humour, Jennifer Weiner takes readers into the heart of four very different women’s lives in a timely tale which will make you laugh, cry – and think.


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