All year long you look forward to a summer vacation, kicking back on a perfect beach, with the perfect book, Here are our picks for summer reading...

New Releases

Canada - Richard Ford

FirstI'll tell you about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later." So, tantalisingly, begins Richard Ford's seventh novel, Canada, a big book that takes its time to tell the story of how 15-year-old Dell Parsons's life was temporarily derailed by a single, spectacularly uncharacteristic act by his mother and father. A novel about a boy's struggle for normality in an otherwise abnormal existence, it's an astonishing piece of work from the Pulitzer Prize winner.

read it if: You love a unraveling tale about crime and concequences.


What In God’s Name by Simon Rich

Having written for the New Yorker, Saturday Night Live and Pixar by the age of 29. Rich’s second novel What In God’s Name Follows a pair of angels working in heaven’s “Miracles Department” tasked with making two humans fall in love, the novel’s real comic genius is in Rich’s portrayal of the afterlife as a drab office just like any other: a whole department is dedicated to reuniting Lynyrd Skynyrd, while God, the listless CEO, wants chuck it all in to open an Asian-fusion restaurant.

read it if: You like your reading and spirituality with a twist


Difficult Men by Brett Martin

It’s widely accepted that we’re living through a golden age of TV – the third age, to be exact. As Hollywood reboots itself into oblivion, the smaller screen is overflowing with award-winning drama and cutting-edge storytelling that embraces the anti-hero: The Sopranos’ Tony Soprano, Mad Men’s Don Draper, Breaking Bad’s Walter White. Martin examines both the cultural movement and the actual men behind these shows, Martin's anecdotes about the late James Gandolfini alone make for essential reading.

Read it if: You are a box-set bingers


Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Nutting's female take on Lolita centres around Celeste Price, a predatory 26-year-old female teacher who begins a relationship with a 16-year-old male student. Nutting's unflinchingly graphic writing has already caused a mighty stir stateside - expect similar sentiments when it arrives later this summer.

Read it if: You had a thing for your 10 english teacher


Classic Summer Reading

Hells Angels - Hunter S Thomspon

Hunter S. Thompson's vivid account of his experiences with California's most no-torious motorcycle gang, the Hell's Angels. In the mid-60s, Thompson spent almost two years living with the controversial Angels, cycling up & down the coast, reveling in the anarchic spirit of their clan, &, as befits their name, raising hell. His book successfully captures a singular moment in American history, when the biker lifestyle was 1st defined, & when such countercultural movements were electrifying & horrifying America.

Read it if: Because it's his first book, and because he got his ass kicked for it 


The Thin Red Line - James Jones

In The Thin Red Line (1962), James Jones's fictional account of the battle between American and Japanese troops on the island of Guadalcanal. The narrative shifts effortlessly among multiple viewpoints within C-for-Charlie Company, from commanding officer Capt. James Stein, his psychotic first sergeant Eddie Welsh, and the young privates they send into battle. The descriptions of combat conditions--and the mental states it induces--are unflinchingly realistic, including the dialog. This is more than a classic of combat fiction; it is one of the most significant explorations of male identity in American literature.

Read it if: you want a diffrent perspective on war


The Tipping Point- Malcom Gladwell 

New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in our society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Ideas, behavior, messages, and products, he argues, often spread like outbreaks of infectious disease. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

Read it if: You simply want to be the best


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