Shortlist

Sunlounger best reads

Issue 2 · Summer 2015

Holidays are a great time to enjoy some of the year’s best new books. Nadia Balame picks the perfect summer shortlist, from family sagas to Scandi thrillers

Fiona Neill

The Good Girl
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Known for her humour and sharp social observation, Fiona Neill (What The Nanny Saw, Slummmy Mummy), also pens our satirical back page, The Travellers. Focusing on family dynamics and secrets, her new novel follows the Fields, who move to Norfolk for a new start, before the impact of a free-spirited family next door takes its toll. Penguin

Kate Atkinson

A God in Ruins
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A new Kate Atkinson novel is always a big moment – since Behind the Scenes at the Museum she’s been a firm fixture on the bestseller lists, loved for great storytelling with emotional depth. A God in Ruins is a companion to Life After Life, and tells the story of Teddy, brother of the heroine of the first book, as he navigates the 20th Century. Doubleday

Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman
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Lovers of To Kill A Mockingbird are torn between excitement and trepidation at the thought of this unpublished prequel to Harper Lee’s much-loved classic hitting the bookshelves in July. Go Set a Watchman was actually written first and is told from adult Scout’s perspective, looking back. Intriguing. William Heinemann

Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train
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The film rights have sparked a bidding war and it’s been on the bestseller lists since its release, but the momentum of The Girl on the Train shows no signs of slowing. Protagonist Rachel is not an easy woman to root for, but as the tale unfolds you see that all the characters have elements of nastiness that keep you hooked to the end. Doubleday

Kater Hamer

The Girl in the Red Coat
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Hamer has been hailed as a “distinctive new voice in British fiction”, and The Girl in the Red Coat is certainly compelling. It tells the story of eight-year-old Carmel, who goes missing at a festival, while her mother desperately searches for her. Told in the distinctive voice of Carmel, who doesn’t realise she is missing, the tale is full of twists and turns. Faber & Faber

Anne Tyler

A Spool of Blue Thread
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Few novelists write about the inner lives of ordinary people as well as Anne Tyler. Her 20th novel, set in suburban Baltimore, tells the tale of the multi-generational Whitshank family, and reveals the myths and storytelling that lie at the heart of all families. As ever, deceptively simple with emotional punch. Chatto & Windus

Kazuo Ishiguro

The Buried Giant
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Ishiguro’s first novel in ten years is causing great excitement. His best-known works – Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go – were both critical hits that made it onto the big screen. The Buried Giant sees a change of tack: set in Britain after the Romans have left, it follows a couple’s quest to find their son and the trials they encounter. Faber & Faber

Jo Nesbo

Blood on Snow
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Author of the popular Harry Hole series, Norwegian Nesbo’s latest novel Blood on Snow is another page-turning Scandi thriller. The story focuses on a hit man, Olav, who falls in love with his boss’s wife – after he’s been hired to kill her. Leonardo di Caprio is rumoured to be producing the movie – expect killer surprises and red herrings. Harvill Secker

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