Your Holiday Reading List Sorted
Holidays. For some it’s the beach, for others it’s that city break, but wherever a reader goes, it always means one thing: a feast of new paperback reading. So no matter if you’re hunting for your passport or just planning to find a shaded spot for your summer read in the garden, let us deliver the top holiday paperbacks.
Our Favourite Fiction
“I’m a finance clerk. I could be issuing invoices for anything, really: armaments, Rohypnol, coconuts.”
Triumphantly scoring the Costa First Novel Award, Gail Honeyman blends laugh-out-loud funny with sudden unexpected pathos for one of the strongest debuts we’ve seen in years. Eleanor Oliphant is a woman who lives life very much by her own rules, but even her rules can change: leaping straight from the page, get ready to meet your new favourite character in fiction.
Our Favourite Crime Fiction
A murder, an arrest, a trial: a young man stands accused, and all the evidence points toward his guilt. For the police, the case is over, done and dusted, but when he decides to deliver his own defence, the game suddenly changes. In a courtroom drama where the reader finds themselves the judge, criminal barrister Imran Mahmood brings all his own professional experience to bear on a narrative stinging with authenticity.
Our Favourite Science Fiction and Fantasy
Rotherweird. Four and a half centuries on from the moment twelve strange and gifted children were given sanctuary within its walls, the town has been bound by the Elizabethan laws that keep it isolated from the rest of England, any study of its past forbidden. However, no secret can be forever in Andrew Caldecott’s stunning debut fantasy that effortlessly fuses mystery, science fiction, history and effervescent wit.
Non Fiction Bestsellers
Our Favourite Popular Science and Smart Thinking Books
Few books attain the true level of phenomenon, but Sapiens is the real deal. Epic in scope, transformative in concept, Yuval Noah Harari takes nothing less than the history of our species and finds patterns and behaviours that fully illustrate just how we became the dominant animal on our planet. By exploring our past, Sapiens also provides the electrifying key to our future, with Harari making plain the framework of possibilities science will bring.
Our Favourite History Books
Fascist sympathisers and detractors alike were as moths to the flame of 1930s Germany, providing a staggering multitude of voices in Julia Boyd’s mesmeric account of the flowering of Hitler’s nightmare. From students and schoolchildren to the artists and political elite who flocked to witness the birth of this new form of democracy, Travellers in the Third Reich is a stark and elegant warning of evil by stealth, very much exploring the troubling question of how a people fell for a monster, and how this could so swiftly happen again.
Our Favourite Biography and True Crime Books
Meticulously compiled and posthumously published, McNamara’s stunning slice of investigative journalism is the roadmap that has almost certainly snared California’s notorious Golden State Killer. Obsessive, immersive, and written with inordinate sensitivity and skill, I'll Be Gone in the Dark began as an online investigative blog and ended as a moving tribute to a force who refused to allow a brutal serial murderer to run free. Not since Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood has true crime had such a seismic impact.
Our Favourite Nature and Travel Writing
On its release, it was Chris Packham’s struggles with depression and diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome that caught the headlines, but beyond this, Fingers in the Sparkle Jar is a deeply moving portrait of a seventies childhood sculpted by the natural world. Packham’s keen intelligence and love for life shines through to create a genuinely lasting meditation on growing up and the ultimate, elusive, search for meaning.