From the latest publications by best-selling authors to dazzling new releases not to be missed, here are our favorites for summer 2022
With summer well and truly arrived, it’s finally the opportunity for us to be able to sit down with a good bookwhether lying on a beach on vacation or simply in the back garden on a glorious sunny day!
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From the latest releases by best-selling authors to dazzling new releases not to be missed, here are our favorites for summer 2022…
Chemistry Lessons by Bonnie Garmus
If you are a fan of Where did you go, Bernadetten/a The Marvelous Mrs. Maiselwe guarantee you’ll love this charming debut set in 1960s California. It tells the story of a frustrated scientist whose career takes a detour when she becomes the star of a TV cooking show beloved.
Honey and spices from Bolu Babalola
We couldn’t be more obsessed with Bolu Babalola’s writing and adore his latest novel Honey and spices, which takes two of our favorite romantic tropes – lovers’ enemies and fake dates – to the next level. It will make you laugh, cry and above all, weak in the knees.
This outing by Tufayel Ahmed
Amar and Joshua are engaged after two years of dating and they couldn’t be happier – but there’s just one problem. Amar hasn’t told his strict Bangladeshi Muslim family that he’s gay and when he accidentally announces it on purpose in the family WhatsApp group, everything changes. Exploring themes of coming out, grief, religion and self-love, this sparkling debut album is not to be missed.
Lucy Foley’s Paris apartment
Described as the Agatha Christie of this generation, Lucy Foley has done it again with her latest novel, which is another totally addictive murder mystery set in the heart of Paris’ Montmartre district. Again, everyone is suspect and everyone knows something they don’t say.
Girl A by Abigail Dean
If you love nothing more than getting away in a dark thriller while the sun shines, then Girl A by Abigail Dean should shoot straight to the top of your Must Read pile. It’s a real page-turner and tells the story of a young girl’s survival. after escaping what the media dubbed the “house of horrors”.
Elektra by Jennifer Saint
Do you like a Greek myth? You won’t want to miss this new one, from the author of last year’s Ariadne. Using her knack for writing spellbinding reimaginings of the origins of the Trojan War and one of Greek mythology’s most infamous heroines, Jennifer Saint explores themes of revenge, fate and how suffering is passed from generation to generation.
Forever Young by Hannah Strong
forever Young by Hannah Strong is more of a coffee table book than something you’d want to lug around the beach, but that’s why we think it’s perfect for those languid summer days when you want to do nothing more than laze around the house. Escape to the sunny world of Sofia Coppola’s films with this beautifully illustrated and masterfully written review of the Oscar-winning actress’ work.
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, great circle by Maggie Shipstead tells the unforgettable story of a daredevil aviator determined to forge her own path in life, at all costs, through a Hollywood star playing her in a present day movie. Completely captivating from the first page, you won’t be able to put it down.
Idol of Louise O’Neill
Questioning our relationship with our heroes and exploring the world of online influencers, Idol is recommended for your social media-addicted friends. It tells the story of Samantha Miller, who lives a life her three million followers can only dream of – until a viral trial brings everything crashing down.
Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid has done it again with her powerful new novel, which sees a legendary athlete attempt a comeback when the world considers her outdated. Tennis player Carrie Soto (you might recognize the character from Malibu Rising) is determined to prove everyone wrong and reclaim her Grand Slam winning record after a young player beat her.
Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh
If you frequent the #booktok on TikTok, chances are you’ve heard of the hugely talented – and polarizing – author Ottessa Moshfegh, best known for her 2018 novell My year of rest and relaxation. Now she’s back with a new novel that we can confidently say is unlike anything she’s written before. Set in a medieval village, it’s a roller coaster ride exploring themes of poverty, religion and greed.
Heartbreak and the Bill by Meg Mason
Everyone tells Martha Friel that she’s smart and beautiful, a brilliant writer who was loved every day of her adult life by her husband. So why is everything broken? Explore the issue of long-term mental illness, sorrow and happiness is both devastating and terrifyingly honest and funny.
People Person by Candice Carty-Williams
Candice Carty-Williams fans have long been waiting for her sequel in 2019 Queen, and it has finally arrived! People Person tells the story of Dimple Perrington as she gets to know her five estranged half-siblings after a dramatic event forces them to reunite. just like Queen, it’s funny and impossible to put down.
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Wet Painting by Chloe Ashby
Since the death of her best friend, twenty-six-year-old Eve has learned to keep everything and everyone at bay until a chance encounter at work brings her thunderous past into her present.
Notes on Heartbreak by Annie Lord
If you liked Dolly Alderton all i know about lovechances are you’ll love it Notes on grief by Vogue dating columnist Annie Lord. It’s a love story told in reverse, starting with a devastating breakup and exploring every iteration of love Annie has experienced.. It’s sure to resonate with anyone who’s ever healed a broken heart.
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The Ballast Seed by Rosie Kinchen
The Ballast Seed by Rosie Kinchen is a beautiful memoir about an unexpected pregnancy. Terrified of bringing another child into her already precarious life, Rosie is soon plunged into a deep depression until she finds solace and solace tending to a hidden urban garden in her downtown neighborhood. south east London.
Pandora by Susan Stokes-Chapman
Set in London in 1799, pandora tells the story of Dora Blake, who lives with her uncle in what was once her parents’ famous antique shop. When a mysterious Greek vase is delivered, Dora is immediately intrigued, her uncle suspicious and the whole thing triggers conspiracies, revelations and romances. One for fans of historical fiction.
Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan
acts of desperation by Megan Nolan is a story of obsession, toxic relationships and, well, despair. It follows an anonymous narrator in her twenties as she falls in love with an aloof but handsome man named Ciaran after meeting at an art gallery opening.
Send nudes by Sabas Sams
send nudes is a perfect choice for those who love short stories with punch. In ten addictive stories, Saba Sams delves into the girl’s world and its contradictions and complexities.
Ghost Lover by Lisa Taddeo
The best-selling author of three women and Animal returns with nine captivating short stories that bring the fever of obsession, the blindness of love, and the mania of heartbreak to life.
Intrusions by Louise Kennedy
Located in Northern Ireland during The Troubles, Offenses by Louise Kennedy follows a young woman caught between allegiance to her community and dangerous passion.
Isaac and the Egg by Bobby Palmer
If you’re looking for something unlike anything you’ve read before, add Isaac and the Egg by Bobby Palmer to your pile to read immediately! It tells the story of a broken man’s transformative journeyAfter walking through the woods on the worst morning of his life. There, he finds something that will change everything.
This is not a pity memoir by Abi Morgan
From the supremely talented creator of the BBC drama The split comes a heartbreaking memoir about what happens when the person you love most no longer recognizes you following a devastating incident that left her husband in a coma and with no memory of their marriage.
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Acts of Service by Lillian Fishman
Acts of service is a provocative debut film set in contemporary New York, it follows a woman in her twenties as she pursues sexual freedom that follows no other line than her own desire.
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