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Whatever your summer holiday looks like this year, you are going to want to get stuck into some summer reading. Whether you’re out by the pool on your villa’s terrace or curled up in bed at home, we have handpicked our top 5 reads of 2021.
Leave the world behind by Rumaan Alam
Hardly a light and breezy beach read, but rather a thrilling piece of dystopian fiction that will have you gripped from start to finish. It’s a story of two families who wind up forced together in a holiday rental on a long weekend gone wrong. Read the book before the Netflix debut starring Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
This immense and memorable multi-generational family saga will raise questions and expose you to realities you may never have thought of. Bennett is a powerful storyteller who captures human emotion on paper in this page turning tale of twin sisters living in two very different worlds.
The New Wilderness by Diane Cook
Long-listed for the Booker Prize, The New Wilderness is an exceptional first novel by Diane Cook. This bleak and compelling read tells the tale of mother and daughter, Bea and Agnes, on a journey of survival. Climate change has left their city inhospitable, so they join an experiment in The Wilderness State, where mankind has never been before.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Set in 1980’s California, Malibu Rising is a literal beach read! It’s a story of a strong bond between four fascinating siblings and one unforgettable night in the life of a family;a fine form of escapism.
We were never here by Andrea Bartz
This exciting new thriller made Reese Witherspoon’s new book club before even being released! Two best friends embark on a backpacking adventure having the time of their lives until one night in Chile, something happens that changes everything. A gripping story filled with twists and turns, you might find it hard to put down.