I am so excited to share my picks for your Summer reading list. This year we've booked a cottage in Cornwall and I'm really looking forward to spending long Summer evenings in the garden with a book and a glass of something lovely! I like to have a variety of books to my Summer reading list. Some that I can dip in and out of, new releases and some old favourites.
The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer
The Interestings explores the meaning of talent; the nature of envy; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.
The Dragon Queen, by William Andrews
The Dragon Queen is the story of one of the most interesting queens in history, Queen Min. If you can get past the first few chapters set in the present day and just get lost in the historical part then you'll really enjoy this.
Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan
Manhattan Beach is a historical novel following a girl called Anna from childhood into adulthood and a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. I'm actually almost finished this one and have really enjoyed it.
Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid
Exit West follows two young people who meet when their country is on the brink of civil war. We follow these characters as they embark on a love affair and emerge into an uncertain future.
Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation, by Judith Mackrell
Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation a great beach read as it is made up of six stories. It's a biography of women in the 1920's and features Josephine Baker, Tallulah Bankhead, Zelda Fitzgerald and other women.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark
This year marks 100 years since Muriel Spark was born. I've always loved The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and this year have also read some more of her work. I love her style of writing. Set in 1930's Edinburgh the story follows a teacher, Miss Jean Brodie and six of her students.
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
A Gentleman in Moscow is the story of a count placed under house arrest in a grand hotel. I really loved the characters in this story and Towles writing is absolutely stunning.
84 Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff
84 Charing Cross Road is a delightful story first published in 1970. It brings together 20 years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used book dealer in London.
We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Adichie
Adapted from the TEDx talk We Should All Be Feminists discusses what feminism means today.
The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaids tale is dystopian novel originally published in 1985. It is set in a near-future New England, in a totalitarian, Christian theonomy that has overthrown the United States government. The novel focuses on the journey of the handmaid Offred.
The Book of Dust, by Philip Pullman
Set ten years before the His Dark Materials trilogy, the La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One (Book of Dust Series) follows 11-year-old Malcolm Polstead, his dæmon Asta, a village girl named Alice and her dæmon Ben who become the protectors of the infant Lyra and her dæmon, Pantalaimon, in their canoe, La Belle Sauvage, after a flood.
In Paris: 20 Women on Life in the City of Light, by Lauren Bastide and Jeanne Damas
In Paris: 20 Women on Life in the City of Light profiles twenty diverse and inspiring women - artists, activists, booksellers, and filmmakers, aged fourteen to seventy, living in tiny attic studios, grand apartments, or houseboats-are accompanied by more than 100 full-colour photographs as well as tips on secret Parisian hideaways. The French version is available to buy now with the English version due to be released on September 6 and can be pre-ordered here