It’s that time of year, school holidays have begun, tennis has been on the BBC twice in one month, the Open golf was rain delayed and some days the temperature was so high, trains ran late. Welcome to the British Summer.
And it’s also the ideal time for buying a stack of books to take on holidays or keep at home, a pile that everyone can share, dip into and you can create your very own book group for the summer. What an ideal way to encourage conversation with the family. Ok well let’s not go too far!
What books would Dulwich Books recommend you might ask if you dropped in to buy some books? You liked The Girl on a Train? What could you read next? There wide choices of crime novels on offer this summer as publishers rush to help you with withdrawal symptoms. The few suggestions we’d make are, Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin, is a gripping thriller set in New Orleans in 1919. The Crooked House by Christobel Kent is one of the best crime novels in 2015, hugely atmospheric set against a backdrop of the Suffolk coast. Snow Blind by Ragnar Jonasson is ideal for fans of well thought out crime tales or Agatha Christie fans. The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair is a thrill to read and will have your gripped until the last page.
Do you normally enjoy Ian McEwan or Sebastian Faulks? Then we have so many choices that we can only include a few here. The Paying Guest is a tour de force from Sarah Waters, Head of State by Andew Marr is a cracking take on what government will be like in 2020, The Red Notebook is a delightful read about love, bookshops and streets of Paris. The Bone Clocks is a triumph from David Mitchell (And we have signed copies), Colorless Tzukuru Tazaki is just out in paperback from Haruki Murakami and if you want to read a book in which you will savour every word, try My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.
Do you always take an Antony Beevor on holidays with you? Of course you could take Ardennes 1944 which is Antony’s latest, brilliantly reviewed blockbuster. If not we’d suggest for you Churchill by Boris Johnson, Sicily by John Julius Norwich or Waterloo by Bernard Cornwell.
Are you travelling on a budget airline with space for only one book that all the family can read & discuss? A tricky challenge however one that we’re happy to rise to. How about Being Mortal by Atul Gawarde, Human Universe by Brian Cox, A Year of Living Dangerously by Andy Miller is a funny account of his endeavour to read for a year. More Human by Steve Hilton is a fascinating book about how we should live our lives, how we should treat people and how we can change the world.
And to round up our reviews we’d suggest you try Sunrise by Victoria Hislop, Us by David Nicholls, The Book of Lost and Found by Lucy Foley, Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe or Love and War by Alex Preston.
Annie Horwood – our specialist bookseller for Children’s book is recommending the following books. The Mystery of the Clockwork Sharrow, Katherine Woodfine, The Spy Who Loved School Dinners by Pamela Butchart, My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons for readers of 7+ The Box of Demons by Daniel Whelan is beautifully illustrated by Chris Riddell and we have signed copies. Hubble Bubble & The Messy Monkey Business by Tracey Corderor is ideal for 6+ readers . Write Your Own Adventure Stories by Paul Dowsell will keep budding authors busy for hours or Demolition Dad by Phil Earle is a super read for 6+.
Suffice to say that I could carry on with more and more recommendations however hopefully I’ve given you a flavour of the choices that are on offer for you to read this summer.