Books for a sunny summer's day - plus our new bookshop

20 June 2017

We've teamed up with online bookshop Wordery to help you buy the books we feature and ten million more!

Wordery is now one of the largest online bookshops in the UK. It offers more than 10 million books, round-the-clock access and great prices - not forgetting FREE worldwide delivery! Take a look at our picks for July.

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Beach-ready Great Reads

A sun-drenched thriller, a historic heartbreaker, a witty murder-mystery and a cracking new autobiography, chosen by Sue Price


Under the Sun Lottie Moggach

From the author of the highly acclaimed psychological thriller Kiss Me First, comes a chilling, brilliantly observed tale about the darker reality of living abroad. Anna's dream life in Spain is collapsing around her ears and things take a turn for the worse when she rents her finca to a man who has something to do with a body washed up on the beach. It's gripping, edge-of-your-deckchair stuff.

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The Faithful by Juliet West

July, 1935, and Hazel's dreary summer in a sleepy Sussex village suddenly livens up when her mother decamps to London with a lover as Oswald Mosley's Blackshirts arrive nearby. Of course, she falls in love, setting off a disastrous chain of events that reverberates down the years. Juliet West writes incredibly moving and atmospheric war-era novels, full of strong women, secrets, conflict and desire. This, her second, is superb.

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The Party by Elizabeth Day

What's better for a summer read than a fish out of water? Martin Gilmour meets dazzling aristocrat Ben Fitzmaurice and is drawn into the glamorous world of the privileged few. But he's always the outsider and as the plot moves between Ben's celebrity-laden 40th birthday party and the past, an explosive secret is revealed, which threatens their friendship. This is a clever, witty story about obsession and betrayal.

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Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett

The bittersweet follow-up to Barnett's hugely popular debut, The Versions of Us, tells the tale of Cass Wheeler, a legendary singer-songwriter who disappeared at the height of her fame. Now she's back in the studio compiling a profoundly personal Greatest Hits album, which defines key moments in her turbulent life. The storytelling is out of this world.

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Party Girls Die in Pearls by Plum Sykes

The first in Plum Sykes' new, wickedly funny, murder-mystery series takes place in the frothy world of secret dining societies and dishy dons at Oxford University in the mid-1980s. Ursula Flowerbutton, a modern Miss Marple, sets about solving the murder of a glamorous classmate in order to bag her first scoop in the famous student newspaper, Cherwell. Grab this for a spot of unashamed escapism by the pool.

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The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

There's something magical and fresh about this epic family love story. After her mother's death, the impossible happens to Luna. She finds herself back in 1977, where she meets her mother as a young woman. If she can travel through time, maybe she can save her mother's life, but will it mean sacrificing her own? The ending is totally unexpected.

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Non-Fiction Choice

Get Me the Urgent Biscuits by Sweetpea Slight

The uproarious memoir about the author's apprenticeship to maverick theatre impresario Thelma Holt. Slight was en route to drama school when Holt snapped her up, cancelled her RADA audition and changed her name to Sweetpea. Helen Mirren, Dustin Hoffman and Alan Rickman all have cameos. It's irresistible.

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Her Best Shot

Knowing the Score Judy Murray

If ever there was a Bible for believing in yourself and having the courage to follow your dreams, Judy Murray's can't-put-down autobiography is it. The Stirlingshire-born former Scottish International tennis player, multi-honary doctorate-holder, trailblazing tennis coach and Strictly star is, of course, mother to champions Andy and Jamie. Here she serves up her inspiring life story of ambition and sport against all odds from the community courts of Dunblane to the white heat of Wimbledon. Absolutely riveting.

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