Top 10 Sum­mer Reads

Our hot list of must read books to hook you in this sum­mer!

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MEGHAN: A HOL­LY­WOOD PRINCESS, AN­DREW MOR­TON, £8.99, MICHAEL O’MARA

The first in-depth biog­ra­phy of the Amer­i­can ac­tress and hu­man­i­tar­ian cam­paigner who will marry Prince Harry in May 2018, writ­ten by the world’s best-known royal biog­ra­pher. When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were set up by a mu­tual friend on a blind date in June 2016, lit­tle could they know that just 16 months later the re­sult­ing whirl­wind ro­mance would lead to their en­gage­ment in November 2017 and mar­riage in May 2018. Since then, our fas­ci­na­tion with the woman man who has smashed the royal yal mould has rock­eted. In this first-ever biog­ra­phy of the duchess-to-be, ac­claimed royal biog­ra­pher An­drew Mor­ton goes back to Meghan’s roots, in­ter­view­ing those clos­est to her to un­cover the story of her child­hood: grow­ing up in The Val­ley in LA, study­ing at an all-girls Catholic school and her break­out into act­ing. We also delve into her pre­vi­ous mar­riage and di­vorce in 2013, her strug­gles in Hol­ly­wood, as her mixed her­itage was used against her time and again, and her work as a hu­man­i­tar­ian am­bas­sador - so redo­lent of Princess Diana’s pas­sions. Fin­ish­ing with an ac­count of her ro­mance with Prince Harry, Mor­ton re­flects on the im­pact that Meghan has al­ready made on the rigid tra­di­tions of the House of Wind­sor - not even Kate Mid­dle­ton was in­vited to Christ­mas with the Queen be­fore she had mar­ried her prince - and what the fu­ture might hold.

THIS IS GO­ING TO HURT: SE­CRET DIARIES OF A JU­NIOR DOC­TOR, £4.49 BY ADAM KAY, PICADOR

97-hour weeks. Life and death de­ci­sions. A con­stant tsunami of bod­ily flu­ids. And the hos­pi­tal park­ing me­ter earns more than you. Wel­come to the life of a ju­nior doc­tor. Scrib­bled in se­cret af­ter end­less days, sleep­less nights and missed week­ends, Adam Kay’s diaries pro­vide a no-holds-barred ac­count of his time on the NHS front line. Hi­lar­i­ous, hor­ri­fy­ing and heart­break­ing, this is every­thing you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn’t - about life on and off the hos­pi­tal ward.

THE CU­RI­OUS HEART OF AILSA RAE BY STEPHANIE BUT­LAND £6.99, ZAFFRE

Ailsa Rae is learn­ing how to live. She’s only a few months past the heart trans­plant that - just in time - saved her life. Life should be a joy­ful ad­ven­ture but her re­la­tion­ship with her mother is at break­ing point and she wants to find her father. Ailsa has felt so help­less for so long that she’s let polls on her blog make her de­ci­sions for her. She barely knows where to start on her own.

CIRCE BY MADELINE MILLER £11.55, BLOOMS­BURY

From the Orange Prize-win­ning, in­ter­na­tion­ally best­selling au­thor of The Song of Achilles comes the pow­er­ful story of the mytho­log­i­cal witch Circe, in­spired by Homer’s Odyssey. In the house of He­lios, God of the Sun and might­i­est of the Ti­tans, a daugh­ter is born. But Circe has nei­ther the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and re­jected by her kin. In­creas­ingly iso­lated, she turns to mor­tals for com­pan­ion­ship, lead­ing her to dis­cover a power for­bid­den to the gods: witch­craft. When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrath­ful Zeus ban­ishes her to the re­mote is­land of Ai­aia. There she learns to har­ness her oc­cult craft, draw­ing strength from na­ture. But she will not al­ways be alone; many are des­tined to pass through Circe’s place of ex­ile, en­twin­ing their fates with hers. The mes­sen­ger god, Her­mes. The crafts­man, Daedalus. A ship bear­ing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voy­age home.

PART-TIME WORK­ING MUMMY: A PATCH­WORK LIFE £7.99 BY RACHAELE HAM­BLE­TON TRAPEZE

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of fans flock to the Part-time Work­ing Mummy page for its heart­felt posts, hon­est ac­counts of com­pli­cated fam­ily life and its ap­peal to ‘bring parents to­gether to sup­port each other through all the sh*t that life throws at us!’. This book chan­nels the amaz­ing spirit of the page, with Rachaele shar­ing be­hind-the-scenes ex­pe­ri­ences that have shaped her own views on par­ent­ing and life; packed with per­sonal sto­ries and lessons learned, it’s about the best, the worst and the ok times in a ‘nor­mal’ fam­ily. As well as tackling sub­jects like sin­gle par­ent­hood, patch­work fam­i­lies, un­ex­pected preg­nancy, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and bul­ly­ing, the book ul­ti­mately spreads a mes­sage of kind­ness amidst the chaos and in­spires you to change the world for the bet­ter - and, of course, a good laugh to see you through the tough times!

DEAD MEN’S TROUSERS, £11.55, BY IRVINE WELSH PUB­LISHED BY JONATHAN CAPE

Mark Ren­ton is fi­nally a success. An in­ter­na­tional jet-set­ter, he now makes sig­nif­i­cant money man­ag­ing DJS, but the con­stant travel, air­port lounges, soul­less ho­tel rooms and bro­ken re­la­tion­ships have left him dis­sat­is­fied with his life. He’s then rocked by a chance en­counter with Frank Beg­bie, from whom he’d been hid­ing for years af­ter a ter­ri­ble be­trayal and the re­sult­ing debt. But the psy­chotic Beg­bie ap­pears to have rein­vented him­self as a cel­e­brated artist and – much to Mark’s as­ton­ish­ment – doesn’t seem in­ter­ested in re­venge. Sick Boy and Spud, who have agen­das of their own, are in­trigued to learn that their old friends are back in town, but when they en­ter the bleak world of or­gan-har­vest­ing, things start to go so badly wrong. Lurch­ing from cri­sis to cri­sis, the four men cir­cle each other, driven by their per­sonal his­to­ries and ad­dic­tions, con­fused, an­gry – so des­per­ate that even Hibs win­ning the Scot­tish Cup p doesn’t re­ally help. One of these four will not sur­vive to the end of this book. Which one of them is wear­ing Dead Men’s Trousers? Fast and fu­ri­ous, scabrously funny and weirdly mov­ing, this is a spec­tac­u­lar re­turn of the crew from Trainspot­ting.

THE BURN­ING CHAM­BERS, KATE MOSSE, £12, MAN­TLE, ZAFFRE

Bring­ing 16th cen­tury Langue­doc vividly to life, Kate Mosse’s The Burn­ing Cham­bers is a grip­ping story of love and be­trayal, mys­ter­ies and se­crets; of war and ad­ven­ture, con­spir­a­cies and di­vided loy­al­ties... Car­cas­sonne 1562: 19-year-old Mi­nou Jou­bert re­ceives an anony­mous let­ter at her father’s book­shop. Sealed with a dis­tinc­tive fam­ily crest, it con­tains just five words: SHE KNOWS THAT YOU LIVE. But be­fore Mi­nou can de­ci­pher the mys­te­ri­ous mes­sage, a chance en­counter with a young Huguenot con­vert, Piet Rey­don, changes her des­tiny for­ever. For Piet has a dan­ger­ous mis­sion of his own, and he will need Mi­nou’s help if he is to get out of La Cité alive.

THE TUS­CAN CHILD £4.99 BY RHYS BOWEN LAKE UNION PUB­LISH­ING

In 1944, Bri­tish bomber pi­lot Hugo Lan­g­ley parachuted from his stricken plane into the ver­dant fields of Ger­man-oc­cu­pied Tus­cany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ru­ined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bar­toli. But the love that kin­dled be­tween them was shaken by an ir­re­versible be­trayal. Nearly 30 years later, Hugo’s es­tranged daugh­ter, Joanna, has re­turned home to the English coun­try­side to ar­range her father’s fu­neral. Among his per­sonal ef­fects is an un­opened let­ter ad­dressed to Sofia. In it is a star­tling rev­e­la­tion. Still deal­ing with the emo­tional wounds of her own per­sonal trauma, Joanna em­barks on a heal­ing jour­ney to Tus­cany to un­der­stand her father’s his­tory – and maybe come to un­der­stand her­self as well. Joanna soon dis­cov­ers that some would pre­fer the past be left undis­turbed, but she has come too far to let go of her father’s se­crets now...

THE PEARL SIS­TER (THE SEVEN SIS­TERS) BY LUCINDA RI­LEY, £13.99, PAN PUB­LISH­ING

The Pearl Sis­ter is the fourth book in the num­ber one in­ter­na­tional best-sell­ing Seven Sis­ters se­ries by Lucinda Ri­ley. Cece D’aplièse has never felt she fit­ted in any­where. Fol­low­ing the death of her father, the elu­sive bil­lion­aire Pa Salt – so-called by the six daugh­ters he adopted from around the globe and named af­ter the Seven Sis­ters star clus­ter – she finds her­self at break­ing point. Drop­ping out of art col­lege, Cece watches as Star, her beloved sis­ter, dis­tances her­self to fol­low her new love, leav­ing her com­pletely alone. In des­per­a­tion, she de­cides to flee Eng­land and dis­cover her past; the only clues she has are a black-and-white pho­to­graph and the name of a woman pioneer who lived in Aus­tralia over 100 years ago. En-route to Syd­ney, Cece heads to the one place she has ever felt close to be­ing her­self: the stun­ning beaches of Krabi, Thai­land. There amongst the back­pack­ers, she meets the mys­te­ri­ous Ace, a man as lonely as she is and whom she sub­se­quently re­alises has a se­cret to hide... Around 100 years ear­lier, Kitty Mcbride, daugh­ter of an Ed­in­burgh cler­gy­man, is given the op­por­tu­nity to travel to Aus­tralia as the com­pan­ion of the wealthy Mrs Mc­crom­bie. In Ade­laide, her fate be­comes en­twined with Mrs Mc­crom­bie’s fam­ily, in­clud­ing the iden­ti­cal, yet very dif­fer­ent, twin broth­ers: im­petu­ous Drum­mond, and am­bi­tious An­drew, the heir to a pearling for­tune.

LIT­TLE FIRES EV­ERY­WHERE CE­LESTE NG, £5.99 ABA­CUS

Ev­ery­one in Shaker Heights was talk­ing about it that sum­mer: how Is­abelle, the last of the Richard­son chil­dren, had fi­nally gone around the bend and burned the house down. In Shaker Heights, a placid, pro­gres­sive sub­urb of Cleve­land, every­thing is metic­u­lously planned - from the lay­out of the wind­ing roads, to the colours of the houses, to the suc­cess­ful lives its res­i­dents will go on to lead. En­ter Mia War­ren – an enig­matic artist and sin­gle mother – who ar­rives in this idyl­lic bub­ble with her teenage daugh­ter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richard­sons. Soon Mia and Pearl be­come more than just ten­ants: all four Richard­son chil­dren are drawn to the mother-daugh­ter pair. But Mia car­ries with her a mys­te­ri­ous past, and a dis­re­gard for the rules that threat­ens to up­end this care­fully or­dered com­mu­nity. When old fam­ily friends at­tempt to adopt a Chi­nese-amer­i­can baby, a cus­tody bat­tle erupts that dra­mat­i­cally di­vides the town – and puts Mia and Elena on op­pos­ing sides.

CHECK­ING OUT BY NICK SPALD­ING £4.99 LAKE UNION PUB­LISH­ING

Nathan James is young, suc­cess­ful and has the world at his feet. Un­for­tu­nately, he’s also about to die, which ru­ins things some­what. And now he’s star­ing im­mi­nent death in the face, Nathan is hav­ing to re­think some of his life choices very hard. This means em­bark­ing on a hec­tic jour­ney of self-dis­cov­ery that in­cludes, amongst other things, los­ing his dig­nity to an in­escapable bean bag, suf­fer­ing scream­ing night­mares about a mon­strous potato and get­ting up close and per­sonal with a bipo­lar don­key.

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