The ‘In Case You Missed Its’

A BE­SPOKE BOOK LIST OF SOME OF 2016’S MOST TALKED ABOUT READS

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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.

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