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Recommended Reads - Summer 2019

Natasha Wharton

Natasha Wharton

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Literature

We’re celebrating summer with a selection of the best books for the new season. So, stretch out in the sunshine and wile away the hours with these latest releases.  

The Testaments - Margaret Atwood

The much anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale has been a long time in the making. For years, fans of the first book have been wondering what happened to Offred. The follow up should hopefully provide the answers that readers have been pondering and at last reveal for the very first time Margaret Atwood’s vision of Gilead’s future.  

Machines Like Me – Ian McEwan

Machines Like Me is a dystopian novel, with Ian McEwan rewriting the past to create a vision that is better than the reality. 

The book takes place in an alternative 1980s London and explores the moral dilemma of what it means to be human as Charlie finds himself in a love triangle with Miranda, a bright student living with a terrible secret and Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. The resulting tale is both provocative and thrilling, with an underlying warning of the power to invent things beyond our control. 

The Butterfly Room – Lucinda Riley

Haunting memories and agonising decisions are some of the challenges faced by Posy Montague in this novel.

Posy, now in her seventies, is still living in her beautiful family home, Admiral House, set in the glorious Suffolk countryside, where she grew up and then raised her own children. However, with the house crumbling around her, she knows that she must sell it. 

With the return of Freddie, her first love, who abandoned her and left her heartbroken fifty years ago, Posy discover why he has returned after all this time. She also learns of the devastating secrets that both Admiral House and Freddie have to reveal.  

Underland: A Deep Time Journey – Robert Macfarlane

If you enjoy non-fiction, then Underland by Robert Macfarlane could be the book for you. Robert takes us on a journey into the sometimes vast and hidden worlds beneath our feet. Enjoy a voyage into the planet's past and future.

Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, Underland is a work of huge range and power, and a remarkable new chapter in Macfarlane's long-term exploration of landscape and the human heart.

In The Time We Lost – Carrie Hope Fletcher

Ondingside is a remote town, with just a hundred and fifty people and the perfect place for Luna Lark to take back control. She hopes that she will finally finish her latest novel, get herself back to normal, maybe even find love (and continue being a hopeless romantic). 

But on her first night in Ondingside a freak July snow fall freezes the town. Snowed in, the town stands still. Can Luna break out of the monotony and do what she came to do?

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