With the summer season drawing ever closer, thoughts of relaxing on a tranquil beach somewhere with a good book spring to mind.
Let’s face it, there is something truly special about letting your imagination run wild within the pages of a novel rather than having it all spelled out for you on the big screen.
So, in that spirit, here are some great page-turners that are sure to sustain your literary curiosity this summer.
1. Three Women – Lisa Taddeo
A truly wonderful debut, a blend of narrative non-fiction Three Women is quickly turning into the book of the season.
I won’t delve too far into the story since a summer read is all about the time and the pace of life to delve into such a book but basically it’s about three women wrapped up in their own lives, whilst simultaneously intertwined.
Read it, immediately.
2. The Testaments – Margaret Atwood
Hi, this one won the Manbooker so… what are you waiting for?
If you need some more convincing, Atwood has really taken the storyline of the TV series (The Handmaid’s Tale) and taken off on her own accord.
It’s literary genius and pages full of sentences which will tighten their grip around your heart and have you scrambling for the next page.
3. The Body – Bill Bryson
Read this because everything by Bill Bryson is wonderful. This time the word wizard is aiming his target at well… us and it is very much worth your time.
What makes us tick, how do we really function, and what does it actually take for us to move from A-B?
4. Too Much Lip – Melissa Lucashenko
The 2019 Miles Franklin winner is a must-have for any reading list this season. It’s gritty, quintessentially Australian and something that quite honestly, should almost be required reading.
It’s about leaving, coming home, what happens in between and what we should do once we get there.
5. The Weekend – Charlotte Wood
Personally I have been waiting for Charlotte Wood’s new novel ever since Animal People was published in 2011 (if you haven’t read that stop reading this and read that immediately). The Weekend is really, all about death. But it’s also not just about death.
It’s about friendship and kindness, and Wood has written characters that are so relatable (it’s most definitely her signature move) that you wonder whether you’ll run into them on the street. What a treat for readers everywhere.