Summer Reads

08 June 2022

Summer means long days and long nights with ample time for getting stuck into a book. Whatever your plans, we’ve compiled the ultimate reading list to help you fill your summer months – for seaside holiday-makers, we have the ultimate beach companion in the marine miscellany Sea Fever; for serious history fans, we have the return of the inimitable Simon Jenkins in The Celts; and for those on the look out for some comedic relief whilst the children are off school, we have Lucy Mangan’s hilariously relatable novel Are We Having Fun Yet?

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Mountain Taleby Saumya Roy (OUT NOW) 

A remarkable, previously untold story of the Deonar garbage mountains in Mumbai, Mountain Tales is an eye-opening tale of a community whose lives in this current climate are becoming more fragile than ever.

Mathematical Intelligence by Junaid Mubeen (OUT NOW) 

From the presenter of the TEDx talk ‘You weren’t bad at maths – you just weren’t looking at it the right way’ comes this fascinating exploration of a surprising advantage that humans have over our incoming robot masters: we’re actually good at maths.

The Celts by Simon Jenkins (Publishing in June)

From the author of A Short History of England comes the history of Ancient Britain’s most enigmatic civilisations, exploring what their legacy should be in an increasingly dis-United Kingdom.



World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Publishing in August)

New York Times bestseller, World of Wonders is a sparkling, illustrated collection of essays about the natural world, forming a magnificent bestiary, and an unforgettable book of sustenance, resilience and joy.

Murder by the Seaside edited by Cecily Gayford (OUT NOW)

Get your thriller fix and take a holiday of a lifetime with history’s greatest mystery writers. This classic crime anthology features stories from the likes of Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham and many more.

Sea Fever by Meg Clothier and Chris Clothier (OUT NOW) 

The ultimate seaside companion, Sea Fever tells you everything you need to know about the sea and the shore, from advice on seasickness, to ancient marine lore and dramatic stories of daring-do.



Love and the Novel by Christina Lupton (OUT NOW)

The perfect summer read for bibliophiles and romantics alike, this book is a genre-defying love story that illuminates all love stories.

Floor Sample by Julia Cameron (Publishing in August)

From her early career as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine and her marriage to Martin Scorsese, to her tortured experiences with alcohol and Hollywood, Floor Sample is a bold and big-hearted memoir by Julia Cameron, the author of The Artist’s Way.

Are We Having Fun Yet? by Lucy Mangan (Publishing in June)

Lucy Mangan’s uproariously funny debut novel charts one year in the life of one woman as she faces all the storms of modern life (babysitters, death, threadworms) on her epic quest for that holy grail: a moment to herself.