Summertime novels

 Read reviewMalibu Rising

Malibu Rising

Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family- the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them ... and what they will leave behind.

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 Read reviewThe View Was Exhausting

The View Was Exhausting

Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta

The epic love story of the summer, for fans of Daisy Jones and the Six.

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A Theatre for Dreamers: The Sunday Times bestseller

A Theatre for Dreamers: The Sunday Times bestseller

Polly Samson

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Sex and Vanity: from the bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians

Sex and Vanity: from the bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians

Kevin Kwan

The iconic author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with the glittering tale of a young woman who finds herself torn between two men. When Lucie Tang Churchill meets George Zao at a lavish wedding in...

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Open Water

Open Water

Caleb Azumah Nelson

A stunning first novel about two young Black artists in London falling in and out of love.

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 Read reviewCity of Girls

City of Girls

Elizabeth Gilbert

A unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s, in which an older woman looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure).      

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Voyeur

Voyeur

Francesca Reece

A propulsive, vivid and witty debut set over a French summer that tackles the pull between desire and power, introducing a brilliant new voice in fiction. For readers of Anna Hope and Naoise Dolan.

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A Room Called Earth

Madeleine Ryan

A brilliant debut from a neurodivergent author that shows the magical, sensitive world of a woman on the autism spectrum.    

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Florence Adler Swims Forever

Florence Adler Swims Forever

Rachel Beanland

Based on a true story and told in the vein of J. Courtney Sullivan's Saints for All Occasions and Anita Diamant's The Boston Girl, Beanland's family saga is a breathtaking portrait of just how far we will go to in order to protect...

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Seven Days in June

Seven Days in June

Tia Williams

A witty, romantic and sexy novel of two writers and their second chance at love set in the middle of a New York summer. Perfect for fans of Talia Hibbert, Jasmine Guillory and Mhairi McFarlane.

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Songs in Ursa Major

Songs in Ursa Major

Emma Brodie

Behind every greatest hit, is an even greater love story. Set against the heady haze of the 70s and alive with music, sex and sun-soaked hedonism, Songs in Ursa Major is an unforgettable...

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The Weekend

The Weekend

Charlotte Wood

The brilliant new novel from Charlotte Wood, acclaimed author of The Natural Way of Things.

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 Read reviewThe Adversary

The Adversary

Ronnie Scott

A story about sexuality, the ache of friendship and love, and sticky summers at the pool, this exhilarating debut novel captures the heartbeat of one transformative summer where alliances are made and broken.

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Real Life

Real Life

Brandon Taylor

Wallace is a biochemistry grad student at a lakeside Midwestern university used to keeping a wary distance even from those closest to him. But, over the course of one weekend, a series of confrontations with colleagues and an...

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 Read reviewThe Boy from the Mish

The Boy from the Mish

Gary Lonesborough

A funny and heart-warming queer Indigenous YA novel, set in a rural Australian community, about seventeen-year-old Jackson finding the courage to explore who he is, even if it scares him.

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Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins

Jess Walter

Somewhere on a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and views an apparition: a beautiful woman, a vision in white,...

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 Read reviewMilk Fed

Milk Fed

Melissa Broder

A scathingly funny, wildly erotic and fiercely imaginative story about food, sex and god from the Women's Prize longlisted author of The Pisces. 

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 Read reviewThe Great Godden

The Great Godden

Meg Rosoff

This is the story of one family, one dreamy summer - the summer when everything changes.

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 Read reviewBila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray: River of Dreams

Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray: River of Dreams

Anita Heiss

Set on timeless Wiradyuri country, where the life-giving waters of the rivers can make or break dreams, and based on devastating true events, Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams) is an epic story of love, loss and...

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Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name

Andre Aciman

The novel that inspired the major motion picture. Released in Autumn 2017, the glittering team behind last year's cinematic sensation, A Bigger Splash, brings you a sultry, sensual film of obsession and desire.

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Big Summer: the best escape you'll have this year

Big Summer: the best escape you’ll have this year

Jennifer Weiner

A sparkling novel about the complexities of female relationships, the pitfalls of living out loud and online, and the resilience of the human heart, Big Summer is a witty, moving story about family, friendship, and figuring out...

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Music from Another World

Music from Another World

Robin Talley

The brand-new novel from the 2020 CILIP Carnegie medal nominee and New York Times bestseller, Robin Talley.

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 Read reviewThe Long, Long Afternoon

The Long, Long Afternoon

Inga Vesper

A gripping and beguiling debut reading group mystery for fans of Tigers in Red Weather and Tangerine.

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 Read reviewThe Rabbits

The Rabbits

Sophie Overett

From the winner of the Penguin Literary Prize. A multigenerational family story with a dose of magical realism. It is about family secrets, art, very mild superpowers, loneliness and the strange connections we make in the places...

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