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Summer Reads!

A seemingly perfect crime, what can go wrong? A couple honeymooning in paradise find something in the water. Deciding to keep it a secret, they think they are the only ones who know about the discovery. They soon find out that their actions have deadly consequences and someone else knows their secret. A good thriller and the perfect summer book that hooks you in right from the very first page.

At the heart of this gripping read are a trio of brothers, a disappearance and a lack of suspects. Set in the Australian outback, this atmospheric thriller is not one to be missed this summer.

`One of the year’s most unmissable debuts’. Queenie’s life seems to be spiralling out of control, a family that don’t understand her, a boss that doesn’t seem to notice her and a man she can’t get over. Queenie is a character you will be rooting for from the first page.

A story of love and war. The Biafran War is told from the perspective of three characters whose lives are interwoven in ways they would not have imagined. This novel is great if you love to immerse yourself in historical fiction with compelling and intelligent characters.

Non-fiction that stirs the desire to make change. Mainly aimed at black women but plenty to take away for everyone. A read that will make you challenge your assumptions and think about `space’ in different contexts and ways.

May not be the typical relaxing holiday reading but worth it! Set post world war ll, a woman with financial inheritance attempts to build economic prosperity in a small community in Australia where her romantic interest lives.

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Atwood Tate’s Summer Reading List!

It is official, Summer is here. Although the weather might not be playing ball (the erratic weekends of gorgeous sunshine and cold, wet Monday mornings are all still too fresh in my mind), my calendar tells me it’s officially Summer. Cue barbecues in the rain, soggy picnics, Pimms, and the aftermath of that spring clean you tried to do but ended up making more of a mess (although, if you’re like us here at Atwood Tate, the bookshelf always gets a seasonal tidy!) Our bookshelf at Atwood Tate had a Christmas makeover (#shelfie here) and now, a couple of months later, we’ve got a some beautiful cookery books that have been added to it! Just looking at the bright pictures makes me want to shake off the cobwebs, and re-think my summer reading list. I asked the team at Atwood Tate to let us into what they’ll be reading as the days get longer…


I’ve just picked up a copy of Double by Lionel Shriver. I’m not expecting it to necessarily be a happy, sunny read bearing in mind some of her previous books, but as it’s about the world of professional tennis it might be a sort of summery read?! I’m hopeful it might encourage me to at least dust off my racquet and get outside once the sun comes out.


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It’s usually at this time of year I dust off my Tamora Pierce (hands up who’s excited for the new Numair title coming out in Autumn?! #excitedCLK) so the next few weeks are going to see me getting reacquainted with Alanna, George, and other old friends. Plus my book club read Life After Life.


After a winter reading dark, depressing thrillers and back to back completion of The Hunger Games, I’ve reached for something lighter for the spring/summer months.  In the UK rain clouds are never far off however, so my choice does retain a dark edge to its humour.  I loved The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, so I’m starting his newest novel The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden and, so far, I’m not disappointed.


Winter seemed to be all about the Scandi-crime in my house – rewatching all of the Danish The Killing, both versions of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and a spring read of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Now, I’m looking for something a bit longer, and warmer to keep me occupied through the long dark hours of train journeys associated with stay-cationing in the UK. This summer, I’m revisiting Gregory David Roberts’ Shantaram, a hefty tome that raises an acknowledging nod from fellow commuters. It’ll remind me of warmer days, and hopefully give me some ideas for the holiday next year!

So, what’s everyone else reading this summer?

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