Whether you’re on a plane, on the beach or lounging in the garden, summer is the perfect time to relax with a good book. Here are five to add to your reading list…

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

1. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Here’s a book you can judge by its cover. Sumptuous, intelligent and curiously unique, it’s the story of Cora Seaborne ‒ a young and independent-minded widow ‒ and her search for a mythical monster in Victorian Colchester. Having drawn comparisons to Dickens and Stoker, this is Gothic modern classic in the making.

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Invincible Summer by Alice Adams

2. Invincible Summer by Alice Adams

Fans of David Nicholls’ One Day, this is for you. Following four university friends between the ages of 20 and 40, this bittersweet novel takes in all the highs and lows of growing up (love, careers, and children) and growing apart. Our advice? Pack a box of tissues ‒ it’s a tear-jerker.

panmacmillan.com
The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver

3. The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver

The US is on the brink of collapse. The dollar is in freefall. And so begins this darkly satirical novel from the author of We Need to Talk about Kevin, in which a once well-to-do family struggle to survive during an age of uncertainty. Does it all feel a little too real? Yes, but that’s what makes it so unputdownable.

harpercollins.co.uk
The Girls by Emma Cline

4. The Girls by Emma Cline

Believe the hype. This spellbinding debut (by 27-year-old Emma Cline) centres on a teenage girl who gets drawn into a cult-like commune in late-sixties California. We know what you’re thinking: the Manson family. But, this is about so much more than that ‒ in fact, it’s one of the greatest works on girlhood in recent memory.

penguin.co.uk
The Muse by Jessie Burton

5. The Muse by Jessie Burton

Rich with period detail (just like Burton’s best-selling debut, The Miniaturist), this mysterious tale interweaves two narratives ‒ one of Caribbean immigrant Odelle Bastien in ‘60s London, and the other of English heiress Olive Schloss in 1930s Spain ‒ that are connected by a lost art masterpiece.

panmacmillan.com

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