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Summer Reads

Posted on July 22nd, 2013

It has been a proper summer this year, which means lots of lolling in the park with a good book. It seemed an opportune moment to round up those that are big hitters, quirky reads and generally ones to watch. So without further ado…

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – wow, everyone is talking about this. Apparently unputdownable, make sure you have nothing to do for several days so you can finish it without going mad with delays.

2. The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers – the author himself said that┬áthe book,┬áset in Iraq, began as “an attempt to reckon with one question: what was it like over there?”, but ultimately realised that “war is only like itself”. This has had marvellous reviews and is top of my To-Read list.

3. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel – only because it has won pretty much every award going. And only because I loved Wolf Hall. And only because it is an absolute joy to read.

4. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson – film rights have just sold and this is already a bestseller across Europe. Described as “Swedish black comedy”, it sounds wonderful.

5. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – an Australian novel, published to great acclaim earlier in the year and really gaining traction on this side of the world now too; the narrator, on his rather irregular quest for love is charming and original.

That should be more than enough to keep you going until the final Smart Quill Tutorial is released. Any day now, I have just been hunting for that all-elusive next beautiful bookcase (prepare to be amazed).