Our Summer Reads

Now that summer’s in full swing we’re planning our holiday reading! Here are some suggestions from the team.

Claire Louise

This summer I am most excited by two of my bookclub’s reads as they are books I have been meaning to read for ages! The first is The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters and the other is Blue is the Warmest Colour by Julie Maroh.

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I’ve got a couple of books lined up to read over my holiday.  Firstly, Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey.  My mother gave me a signed copy, so it’s not going to be a “by the lake” read (we’re going to the mountains rather than the seaside) or disposable summer reading.  For serious reading, I have The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal on my list, which I’ve been meaning to get around to for a long time.  This weekend, I’m also going on a charity shop hunt for some Georgette Heyer to add to my existing collection and to keep me going in between more taxing reads or for those long airport waits.


I’ve just finished reading The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje. It’s set in the summer time, but also has a very dreamy, lazy, waiting quality to it, as the characters try to work out what their next steps will be, now that the war in Europe has ended but things aren’t quite back to normal yet. The book ends with the bombing of Nagasaki, and strangely enough the next book I picked up in Oxfam was A Pale View of Hills, by Kazuo Ishiguro, which is about a woman’s reminiscences of a hot, bug-ridden summer in that recovering city. I’ve nearly finished that one, so perhaps I should read something a bit more cheery next! Any suggestions? Go Set a Watchman and Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins are waiting on my shelf. They’re both hardbacks so I need to find a chunk of time when I’m in one place – I don’t like carrying hardbacks on the train to and from work every day. Roll on the summer hols!

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