Summer reading | Books | The GuardianPlease refresh the page and retry. The words appear on the page as if breathed there. But there has been no more fiction — until now. This intimate epic about India over the past two decades is superb: political but never preachy; heartfelt yet ironic; precisely poetic. Transit, the second in a radical trilogy that began with Outline , is a mesmerising construction, built almost entirely from conversations.
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The source of their domination is the discovery that, as they become teenagers, women develop the power to electrocute and even kill men with a jolt from their fingertips. Alderman runs with her high concept, imagining the tables turned as women use religion and military force to justify their violence.
9 brilliant beach reads for summer 2017
From Pulitzer prize-winners to Penguin classics, poetry anthologies to the latest page-turners, here are the books to take to the beach this summer. Illustrations by Leon Edler. Sun 8 Jul It follows Arthur Less — who keeps emphatically reiterating that he is absolutely not heartbroken by his boyfriend marrying someone else — from San Francisco to Japan, to Italy and back again. I might have to feign illness to devote myself to them. Rupert Thomson is an astonishing writer, who should be far more celebrated than he is. Time is something we think we know about instinctively; here he shows how profoundly strange it really is.
This is an updated Scoop for our age involving a mid-market tabloid with a sinister online operation in its bowels. The characters, Glover assures us, are entirely composite. Like hell! For pure self-indulgence the Italians do the best noir around. The best summer reading combines a lightness of attack with a certain heft of intent. I doubt that anything to do with politics could make summer more enjoyable. Best to turn to literature.
Everyone knows the last-minute holiday packing struggle of needing a book for the beach but not having anything new on your bookshelf. Make sure to avoid that dilemma this year by stocking up on these brilliant reads, each perfect for a spot of seaside reading, ahead of time. When a body washes up on the beach in mysterious circumstances, Anna realises she could be the only person able to uncover the truth and sets out to do just that. Buy it here. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple, if a little regimented life, and feels happy with it. Evie Boyd is a teenager desperate to be noticed in the summer of After a chance encounter with a group of girls, Evie follows them back to the decaying ranch where they live and joins them in their unconventional way of living.
Try and tell me your ideal summer day doesn't involve lounging by a pool, reading multiple novels cover to cover and then discussing them over an Aperol or five when the sun goes down. It doesn't? You're lying. If it does, here are our pick of the 27 best books to take on holiday with you this year, for reading by the beach or devouring under a parasol. Reese Witherspoon says she's devoured Daisy Jones and th e Six in a day. The novel tells the story of a band of the same name who sold out arenas across America and split in July , and is loosely based on Fleetwood Mac. Everyone remembers how it happened differently, but finally Daisy's ready to tell her version of events - success, drugs, music and loving like your life depends on it.