The ‘In Case You Missed Its’
A BESPOKE BOOK LIST OF SOME OF 2016’S MOST TALKED ABOUT READS
THE GIRLS, Emma Cline (Chatto & Windus, $32.99)
One of the cult favourites of 2016, this is not a quick, light read. Based in 1960s America, it takes inspiration from the women behind the Manson Murders, so expect the same level of cult-diving and murderous intrigue. Some hated that; most loved it. Still worth a page-turn.
SWING TIME, Zadie Smith (Hamish Hamilton, $32.99)
Two girls in London dream of a life of dance and freedom from racial stereotypes. This story honours the female friendship and the work we put in to achieve our wildest dreams. There was a lot of expectation on this book after 2012’s NW, so read this first with a fresh mind.
THE SELLOUT, Paul Beatty (Oneworld, $26.99)
As it’s last year’s winner of the Man Booker Prize, do yourself a favour and spend the lazy summer afternoons turning the pages. This is a bleedingly accurate satire and commentary on race in the US, told with wit, charm and just enough cynicism to really make you think.