Whether you’re soaking up Nutcrackers on Rockaway beach like Kate’s book-reviewing heroine Molly Young, throwing down a picnic rug in your garden or the local park, fighting your way through airport chaos with the promise of a trip abroad or cosying up with a warm blanket in the Southern Hemisphere, we’ve got the Summer Reading show for you. It’s packed full of recommendations including our own favourite beach reads and tips from booksellers, authors and other friends of the pod.
So if you’re curious what show-regular Phil Chaffee is diving into this summer, what Emily Rhodes of Emily’s Walking Book Club is planning on reading, what Nadia Odunayo of book recommendations app The Storygraph thinks you should try, what onetime journalist now bookseller Tom Rowley is planning on reading when he gets a second off setting up his new bookshop, Backstory, and finally what one of our favourite authors, Ed Caesar, thinks might be the perfect page-turner for you, keep listening.
So whether you’re inclined towards the hottest new releases or the tried and tested classics (including several our guests love so much they return to them again and again), grab a notepad and listen in.
How about you? What’s your tip for the perfect summer read? Let us know in the comments.
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
The Field by Robert Seethaler
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny
Lessons in Chamistry by Bonnie Garmus
You Made a Fool of Death with your Beauty by Akwake Emezi
A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting by Sophie Irwin
A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido
The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn
News of the Dead by James Robertson
Free by Lea Ypi
Serious Money by Caroline Knowles
The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett
The House of Niccolo sequence by Dorothy Dunnet
We Don’t Know Ourselves by Fintan O’Toole
Gallant by V.E. Schwab
Clockers by Richard Price
Virtue by Hermione Hobie
Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby
Essex Dogs by Dan Jones (published 15 September 2022)
What’s a great summer read that you love?