Summer Reading Guide: International Fiction

Pure Gold

Pure Gold

John Patrick McHugh

In this stunning debut short story collection exploring betrayal and longing on an imagined island off the west coast of Ireland, John Patrick McHugh takes us deep into a community of individuals who are lost, yearning, and...

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 Read reviewPiranesi

Piranesi

Susanna Clarke

From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality.

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 Read reviewOh William!

Oh William!

Elizabeth Strout

An exquisite new novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Number One New York Times bestselling author of My Name is Lucy Barton

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 Read reviewNo One Is Talking About This

No One Is Talking About This

Patricia Lockwood

Irreverent and sincere, poignant and delightfully profane, No One Is Talking About This is at once a love letter to the infinite scroll and a meditation on love, language and human connection from one of the most original voices...

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The Night Watchman

The Night Watchman

Louise Erdrich

Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winner Louise Erdrich's grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington DC.

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My Monticello

My Monticello

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

A searing novel, a powerful call for collectivism, and one of the biggest American debuts of 2021

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The Morning Star

The Morning Star

Karl Ove Knausgaard, Martin Aitken

The major new novel from one of the world's greatest writers

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Men in My Situation

Per Petterson, Ingvild Burkey

A tender, scintillating portrait of grief, divorce, fatherhood and a life going to pieces. A major new novel from the author of the international bestseller Out Stealing Horses.

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Medusa

Medusa

Jessie Burton, Olivia Lomenech Gill

Exiled to a far-flung island, Medusa has little company except for the snakes adorning her head instead of hair until a beautiful boy named Perseus arrives, distrupting her lonely existence and unleashing desire, love, and...

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Matrix

Lauren Groff

Yet she deeply misses her secret lover Cecily and queen Eleanor. Born last in a long line of women warriors and crusaders, women who flew across the countryside with their sword fighting and dagger work, Marie decides to chart...

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Reprieve

Reprieve

James Han Mattson

Reprieve combines the psychological tension of classic horror with searing social criticism to present a chilling portrait of American life.

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A Burning

Megha Majumdar

For readers of Tommy Orange, Yaa Gyasi, and Jhumpa Lahiri, an electrifying debut novel about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise - to the middle class, to political power, to fame in the movies - and find their lives...

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 Special priceRodham

Rodham

Curtis Sittenfeld

What if Hillary hadn't married Bill? The sensational long-awaited new novel by the acclaimed bestselling author of American Wife.

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 Read reviewThe Sentence

The Sentence

Louise Erdrich

From Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich comes a richly layered novel that explores identity, exploitation, and how the burdens of history still shape our lives today.

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The Silence of Scheherazade

The Silence of Scheherazade

Defne Suman, Betsy Goeksel

Set in the ancient city of Smyrna, this historical novel follows the intertwining fates of four families as their peaceful city is ripped apart by the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.

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Snow Country

Snow Country

Sebastian Faulks

The epic new love story from master storyteller Sebastian Faulks, and his most powerful novel since Birdsong

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The Survivors

The Survivors

Alex Schulman

A suspenseful, haunting novel about three brothers and their reckoning with the events of one disputed, disastrous summer.

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The Swift and the Harrier

The Swift and the Harrier

Minette Walters

An unforgettable novel of England's Civil War, from the bestselling author of The Last Hours and The Turn of Midnight.

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Tenderness

Tenderness

Alison MacLeod

The spellbinding story of Lady Chatterley's Lover, and the society that put it on trial; the story of a novel and its ripple effects across half a century, and about the transformative and triumphant power of fiction itself.

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Termination Shock

Termination Shock

Neal Stephenson

A visionary new science fiction technothriller about climate change from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seveneves, Anathem. Reamde, and Cryptonomicon.

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 Read reviewThese Precious Days

These Precious Days

Ann Patchett

An irresistible collection of essays and memoir from the internationally bestselling, Women's Prize-winning author of The Dutch House

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 Read reviewToday a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories

Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories

Hilma Wolitzer

The uncannily relevant, deliciously clear-eyed collected stories of a critically acclaimed, award-winning American literary treasure (Boston Globe), ripe for rediscovery--with a foreword by Elizabeth Strout.

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Under the Whispering Door

Under the Whispering Door

TJ Klune

Under the Whispering Door is an uplifting story about a man who spent his life at the office - and his death building a home.

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 Special priceThe Wolf Hall Trilogy (Box-Set)

The Wolf Hall Trilogy (Box-Set)

Hilary Mantel

A boxed set of hardback editions of the bestselling and award winning trilogy: Wolf Hall, Bringing Up the Bodies and The Mirror & the Light.     

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 Read reviewThe Women of Troy

The Women of Troy

Pat Barker

Sequel to critically acclaimed bestseller The Silence of the Girls, an extraordinary retelling of one of our greatest classical myths from one of best writers of war fiction

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The Magician

Colm Toibin

In The Magician, Colm Toibin captures the profound personal conflict of a very public life, and through this life creates an intimate portrait of the twentieth century.

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Luster

Raven Leilani

Razor sharp. provocatively page-turning and surprisingly tender, Luster is a painfully funny coming-of-age story told by a fresh new voice.

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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

'This sweeping, brilliant and beautiful narrative is at once a love song to Black girlhood, family, history, joy, pain ... and so much more. In Jeffers' deft hands, the story of race and love in America becomes the great American...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Lincoln Highway

The Lincoln Highway

Amor Towles

Two brothers venture across 1950s America to New York in the absorbing new novel by the author of the bestselling A Gentleman in Moscow.

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Lily: A Tale of Revenge

Lily: A Tale of Revenge

Rose Tremain

From fêted novelist Rose Tremain a gripping Victorian melodrama about an orphan girl and a vengeful murder

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Lemon

Lemon

Kwon Yeo-sun, Janet Hong

Focusing on the unsolved murder of teenage girl, this literary crime novel offers insights into gender, class and privilege in Seoul, and marks the English-language debut for award-winning Korean author, Kwon Yeo-sun.

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 Read reviewThe Island of Missing Trees

The Island of Missing Trees

Elif Shafak

An unforgettable new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

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 Read reviewHarlem Shuffle

Harlem Shuffle

Colson Whitehead

From two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead, a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s.

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 Special priceA Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel...

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The Gardener

The Gardener

Salley Vickers

A charming new novel about two sisters who buy a ramshackle country house together, from the bestselling author of The Librarian and Grandmothers

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The Fortune Men

The Fortune Men

Nadifa Mohamed

A murder, a miscarriage of justice, and a man too innocent for his times...

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The Every

The Every

Dave Eggers

The electrifying follow-up to Dave Eggers' New York Times Bestseller The Circle

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Empire of the Vampire

Empire of the Vampire

Jay Kristoff

From the Sunday Times bestselling and award-winning author of the Nevernight Chronicle, comes this masterful new series.

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The Desert Prince

The Desert Prince

Peter V. Brett

Peter V. Brett, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Demon Cycle, begins a brand new epic fantasy adventure set in his beloved world, following a new generation of heroes.

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Crossroads

Jonathan Franzen

Set in a historical moment of moral crisis, Crossroads - the first instalment of the trilogy A Key to All Mythologies - is the stunning foundation of a sweeping investigation of human mythologies, as the Hildebrandt family...

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 Special priceCloud Cuckoo Land

Cloud Cuckoo Land

Anthony Doerr

Pre-order the spectacular and heartbreaking new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See.

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Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth: 'Soyinka's greatest novel'

Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth: ‘Soyinka’s greatest novel’

Wole Soyinka

A savagely witty whodunit, a scathing indictment of Nigeria's political elite, and a provocative call to arms from one of the country's most relentless political activists and an international literary giant.

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The Cat Who Saved Books

The Cat Who Saved Books

Sosuke Natsukawa, Louise Heal Kawai

A charming and heartwarming Japanese tale about the importance and magic of books, for all who love reading them.

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Case Study

Case Study

Graeme Macrae Burnet

A cerebral, compulsive psychological novel from the bestselling author of His Bloody Project

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The Books of Jacob

The Books of Jacob

Olga Tokarczuk

The much-anticipated English translation of Olga Tokarczuk's magnum opus

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 Read reviewThe Book of Form and Emptiness

The Book of Form and Emptiness

Ruth Ozeki

If you let it-if you listen-a book could change your life.

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 Read reviewBewilderment

Bewilderment

Richard Powers

A magnificent new novel by Richard Powers, his first novel since the Booker Prize-shortlisted, Pulitzer Prize-winning The Overstory.

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Beautiful World, Where Are You

Beautiful World, Where Are You

Sally Rooney

The new novel from the author of Normal People.

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At Night All Blood is Black

At Night All Blood is Black

David Diop, Anna Moschovakis

A Times historical fiction book of the year, new in paperback - the prize-winning story of a Senegalese soldier in the trenches, told in hypnotic, powerful prose.

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An Island

An Island

Karen Jennings

A young refugee washes up unconscious on the beach of a small island inhabited by no one but Samuel, an old lighthouse keeper. Unsettled, Samuel is soon swept up in memories of his former life on the mainland: a life that saw his...

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100 Poets: A Little Anthology

100 Poets: A Little Anthology

John Carey

A wonderfully readable anthology of our greatest poetry, chosen by the author of A Little History of Poetry

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