Hot Reads for a Scorchio Summer

 All available in paperback.


Manhattan Beach- Jennifer Egan is a marvel. She never fails to suprise. Here thereis violent crime, primitive deep-sea diving, welding, war, romance of sorts, and impeccable historical research. Mesmerising. Pub. Little Brown £8.99

The Rig - a fabulist world-building intricately plotted and totally gripping sci-fi mind expander! If its escapism you seek, here it is. By Roger Levy, pub. Titan £8.99

Plot 29 - memoir by Observer journalist Alan Jenkins. A tormented childhood spent in care, in foster homes, with and without his brother, is interwoven with a diary of salvation through his allotment. You'll be blubbing into your holiday beer. Sometimes letting it all hang out is more restorative than a week in the Azores. Pub. Harper Collins £9.99

The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx - a collection of poetry can be as satisfying as a doorstopper novel but much easier to stuff into your luggage. Very original and darkly funny. By Tara Bergin, pub. Carcanet £9.99