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The Waterstones Round Up: July's Best Books

Posted on 2nd July 2020 by Mark Skinner

The sun-dappled days of summer are now truly upon us; time to lounge in the garden with a glass of something refreshing in one hand and a good book in the other. Fortunately, July's publishing delivers some outstanding literary treats, from David Mitchell's eagerly anticipated recreation of Swinging London to Curtis Sittenfeld's reimagining of Hilary Clinton's life sans Bill, and from Pandora Sykes's wise and witty broadsides on modern life to a stellar anthology of love letters to the NHS, edited by Adam Kay.   

 
 
 

Fiction

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Written with Mitchell’s trademark lyrical flair and eye for the extraordinary, Utopia Avenue documents the rise and fall of the eponymous 1960s psych rock band, from destiny in Soho to nemesis in Rome.
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Doing for Hilary Clinton what she did for Laura Bush in American Wife, Sittenfeld dexterously imagines a world in which the presidential hopeful never married Bill Clinton.
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Sex & Vanity opens a new trilogy from the author of the runaway success Crazy Rich Asians. Brimming with mind-blowing detail, this delicious satire of the life of the super-rich offers its readers the pleasure of witnessing how the unpredictability of the human heart shakes up the conceited worldviews of those who supposedly have it all.
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Another characteristically eccentric concept breaks free from the wildly inventive mind of Jasper Fforde as a bizarre tale of human-rabbit coexistence masks a clever allegory about belonging and identity.
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A murderous pact between strangers that swiftly subverts expectations, Craig’s gripping novel blends edge-of-the-seat thrills with razor-sharp satire to ensnare the reader on the very first page.
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Remarkably prescient and beautifully realised, this historical novel from the author of the seminal Room centres on a trio of female medics at the height of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic.

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Perfect reading for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Levin’s scintillating debut is both profoundly moving and hilariously funny, as it captures the quirks and complexities of a life given over to loneliness.
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From the author of The Secret Hours, Here and Now is an evocative story of love, compassion, memories and the value of community. With spellbinding characterization and touching optimism, Montefiore gifts her readers another incredibly moving novel, written with her trademark poignancy and emotional flair.
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Endlessly surprising and wildly gripping, The Disaster Tourist is an extraordinary literary thriller that speaks volumes about the human and environmental costs of unsustainable tourism.
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From the author of The Heart’s Invisible Furies, this mythical, moving novel is a powerful meditation on time, love, violence and what makes us leave and return. Ambitious, intricate and lucid, A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom is another dazzling example of John Boyne’s immense talent for interpreting the human experience.
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Warm, thought-provoking and clever, Olive is the debut novel from the bestselling author of Ctrl Alt Delete and The Multi-hyphen Method. Revolving around the eponymous, sympathetic, thirty-something protagonist, this is a story of modern womanhood, expectations and the courage it takes – still – to divert from female stereotypes created by men.
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McCall Smith returns with another effortlessly charming Isabel Dalhousie novel, in which our redoubtable protagonist finds her integrity and negotiating skills put to the test by an impressed bystander. Full of winsome wit and gentle comedy, The Geometry of Holding Hands is a constant delight.
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From the author of The Music Shop, Miss Benson’s Beetle is an intoxicating tale of female friendship, courage and trust. Brimming with life, joy and gloriously unique characters, Joyce’s novel proves once again her gift as a natural storyteller.
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Witty, warm and thoroughly entertaining, All Adults Here is a delicious dissection of the challenges of modern family life. In this poignant and beautifully observed domestic drama that brims with emotion and relatable characters, Straub renders visible the little absurdities of everyday life in an irresistible manner.
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Crime & Thrillers

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The sixteenth instalment in Peter James’s bestselling series featuring the inimitable DS Roy Grace, Find Them Dead dives into the murky waters of drugs, traffickers and judicial blackmail. Filled with sinister foreboding and excruciating suspense, Find Them Dead is crime fiction at its most chilling.
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Giordano Bruno investigates a murderous conspiracy to replace the Queen with her Catholic sister Mary in another sharply plotted Elizabethan tale, full of vengeance, intrigue and political mayhem.
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A pickpocket, a loudmouth and a bag with sinister, life-changing contents coalesce in this utterly absorbing page turner, written by a former criminal psychologist.
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The author of the former Waterstones Thriller of the Month Part of the Family returns with another exquisite portrayal of the world of espionage, the personal cost of living with deceit and what happens when the paths of an FCO agent and an investigative journalist unexpectedly cross. Enigmatic and compelling, A Double Life establishes Philby as one of the most exciting writers in her genre.
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Unexpected, nightmarish and utterly addictive, The Shadow Friend is the chilling second novel from the author of the phenomenally popular The Whisper Man. North has created a psychological thriller that is not only ambitious, astute and masterfully atmospheric but also truly terrifying to its core.
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From the author of Kiss Me First, Brixton Hill is a searing depiction of a game-changing moment in the life of an open prison inmate. Charging her characters and events with stunning emotional realism, Moggach exposes a world where secrets, lies and dreams of a better life become inseparably entangled. An intense, moving and utterly original novel.
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Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Strange, wild, and yet terrifyingly plausible, the follow-up to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a story about ambition, threat, and the fragility of the world as we think we know it.

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Full of dangerous magic, monstrous forces and political intrigue, the second instalment in the Firemane Saga is a story of love and loyalty tested to the extreme in the shadow of a dark assassination plot.
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The hugely anticipated sixteenth novel in Butcher’s Dresden Files series, Peace Talks sees Chicago’s only professional wizard face his biggest challenge yet: the Supernatural nations come together in search of a peace treaty, but under the apparent good will, dark machinations fester. Gripping and imaginative, Peace Talks is Jim Butcher at his finest.

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Horror & Graphic Novels

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The sequel to the terrifying literary phenomenon Bird Box finds Malorie preparing to journey across the wilderness with her now-teenage children to find the only other two people she cares about. Gripping, sinister and unbearably tense, Malorie is a chilling return to form from Josh Malerman.
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An electrifying chiller that plays with the conventions and form of the gothic thriller quite brilliantly, Moreno-Garcia’s brooding tale of a crepuscular mansion high on a Mexican hill. Ominous, perfectly paced and genuinely terrifying, Mexican Gothic is a gloriously unnerving piece of work.
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From one of the greatest graphic reporters alive, Paying the Land charts the tragic and manifold story of the exploitation of the indigenous North America. Stunning and unparalleled in visual detail, Sacco’s narrative of loss, culture and the debt we owe to nature is powerful, timely and arresting.
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Food & Drink

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Cookery superstar Ella Mills returns with a selection of hassle-free, time-sensitive vegan treats for anyone wanting to sample what a delicious plant-based diet is really like.
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Presenting 80 tantalising recipes from salads and stir-fries to pastas and puddings, One Pot Vegan is a must-have in the kitchen of anyone who wants quick and healthy meals that are a breeze to prepare, joy to eat, and good for the planet.
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Boasting chapters on rice, curries, noodles, sweets and more, The Rangoon Sisters serves up a tantalising taste of Myanmar.
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The Sunday Times columnist and the author of A Table in Venice shares her secrets to a stylish yet relaxed way of entertaining at home in this gorgeous cookbook.
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Biography

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Merging true crime investigation with wrenching autobiography, Memorial Drive is American poet laureate Trethewey’s account of racism, murder and the unshakeable bond between a mother and daughter.
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Terri White’s searing memoir describes her years on a tightrope between her projected image of an award-winning editor and the inner reality, darkened by childhood and adolescent trauma.
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This moving memoir by a Korean-born author who grew up in Oregon is a touching meditation on twofold cultural inheritance, adoption and finding your roots. All You Can Ever Know tells both a personal story and a universal one, discussing reverently the experience of growing up in a community where something about you endlessly sets you apart.
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Following in the footsteps of Adam Kay and The Secret Barrister, Pettigrew documents a world of obnoxious neighbours and damaged individuals in an entertaining and informative account of his career as a much-harassed anti-social behaviour officer.
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Entertainment & Sport

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A panoramic retrospective of Stone’s Hollywood career from the desperate hustles and unproduced scripts of the late 60s and early 70s through to Academy Award winning movies such as Midnight Express and Platoon. Fearless, candid and packed with anecdotes about Tinseltown’s biggest stars, Chasing the Light is an enthralling memoir from a true filmmaking auteur.

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Beautifully written and full of intimate insight, Remain in Love is the story of the rise and fall of the rock sensation Talking Heads, and what came after for Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth. Crisp in detail and fused with classic New York nostalgia, Remain in Love stands witness to the comedy and calamity of fame and the importance of doing what you love.
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Beautifully composed and hugely readable, this definitive new biography of one of the most iconic figures in Western Classical music manages to present its subject from completely new angles. With Tunbridge’s expertise and enthusiasm shining off every page, Beethoven brims with fascinating biographical detail and fresh insights into the composer’s oeuvre.
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Compelling, atmospheric and filled with tremendous anecdotes, One Long and Beautiful Summer is a masterfully composed hymn to cricket and to the rich culture around this magnificent game. Hamilton is an unparalleled storyteller and his uniquely distinctive voice is a true gift for sport lovers everywhere.
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History & Politics

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Elegantly written and cogently argued, The Great Imperial Hangover details how, whilst we may live in a world without formal empires, the globe is still rife with alarming unofficial ones.
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Prisoners of History maps the monuments that were built around the globe to commemorate the Second World War, and their significance to the generations that followed. From Berlin to Hiroshima, Prisoners of History explores the various ways in which the world reacted in the wake of the atrocities, as well as the diverse, conflicting narratives that developed over the years.
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Revealing the vast and fascinating socio-historic narrative of reuse and recycling, Rummage brims with curious facts and surprising perspectives. The stories of discarded objects are effortlessly interlinked with those of people and their motivations, resulting in a masterfully detailed and very funny history of our relationship with rubbish.
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Lively, informative and buoyant, Means’s definitive history of swimming glides from the Nile of Ancient Egypt to the state-of-the-art pools of the modern Olympics. Revelling in sporting anecdote and social history, Splash! is the perfect book to take a dip into.
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Relating the extraordinary story of a Japanese woman who defied social conventions to forge her own path in life, Stranger in the Shogun’s City is also a fascinating window on the birth of Tokyo as a modern metropolis.
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Based largely on the first-hand testimonies of those who lived through the unspeakable horrors of the Iraq War, Bluemel and Mansour’s book is the most intricate analysis yet of the notorious 2003 conflict.
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Mapping the developments in global attitudes towards gender and sexual identity in the last decade, The Pink Line is an impressive and pioneering piece of LGBTQ+ history. Placing individual stories at the heart of his narrative, Gevisser charts the wider socio-political reality of LGBTQ+ rights activists around the world today with stunning immediacy.
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Popular Science & Nature

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Compiled and edited by Adam Kay, the author of the bestselling This Is Going to Hurt, this powerful, heartfelt anthology features one hundred stories from a remarkable group of contributors – including Stephen Fry, Dame Mary Beard, Sir Paul McCartney, Kate Atkinson, Kit de Waal, Bill Bryson and many more – sharing their gratitude to the 1.4 million heroes of our NHS.
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Revealing the fragility of many widely accepted scientific ‘truths’, Richie’s cogent volume demonstrates why our unwavering faith in science may be misplaced.
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With beautiful illustrations and entertaining commentary, Zwamborn opens up the intricate world of underwater plants in a completely new and magical way.
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Essays

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A collection of wise and witty essays from the former Elle columnist and co-host of the podcast, The High Low, How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right? questions the perceived wisdom of modern life and asks whether anybody really knows what they are talking about. Covering a broad range of topics from consumerism to mindfulness, Sykes’ sage advice is a valuable asset in these confusing times.
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Exploring the insatiable taste for outrage in today’s world, BBC presenter and DJ Ashley ‘Dotty’ Charles calls for a return to civility in this brilliant, punchy book.
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stephen101

Why don't you include a button requesting a notification when a book becomes available in paperback - given that is how most of us still buy our books. View more

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