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Holiday Reads

Whether you're looking for the perfect beach read or the latest novel to keep you hooked on your morning commute, get your hands on our pick of the best new books for summer...

Hadley Freeman Life Moves Pretty Fast (Fourth Estate, £12.99)

Journalist Hadley Freeman brings us her personalised guide to ‘80s American movies, looking at the differences between films past and present and what they say about society’s changing expectations of women and young people. Warning: you may develop an uncontrollable desire to re-watch Dirty Dancing. 

Finding Audrey- Sophie Kinsella (Doubleday, £12.99)

The Confessions of a Shopaholic author returns with this new love story about a young woman suffering from agoraphobia, whose life changes when a cute friend of her brother’s stumbles into her life. Perfect poolside escapism.  

Have I Said Too Much? My Life In and Out of The Model Agency by Carole White (Century, £20)

Take a peek behind the scenes of fashion’s toughest profession with this glamorous memoir from legendary modelling agent Carole White, who shaped the careers of the biggest supermodels in the business, from Naomi to Christy.

 I Saw a Man – Owen Sheers (Faber & Faber, £14.99)

Moving from London and New York to the deserts of Nevada, this gripping exploration of violence, guilt and redemption follows a young protagonist called Michael and the catastrophic events that take place after he strikes up a friendship with his next door neighbours.

Primates of Park Avenue - Wednesday Martin (Atria Books, £17)

This funny and provocative new book looks at the wives and mothers of New York’s privileged Upper East Side with anthropological scrutiny.

The Girl on the Train By Paula Hawkins (Doubleday, £12.99)

The buzz around this debut thriller has been huge – and for good reason. A psychological page-turner, which will keep you hooked from start to finish. 

The Good Life by Martina Cole (Headline, £7.99)

This gripping crime novel from the number one bestselling author explores the dangerous repercussions of an affair.

The Woman Who Stole My Life Marian Keyes (Penguin, £7.99)

Marian Keyes returns with another hilarious but poignant bestseller, which follows the twists and turns in one woman’s life after a car crash.

The Woman I Wanted To Be - Diane Von Furstenberg (Simon & Schuster, £20)

Fashion legend DVF’s inspiring memoir takes the reader on an empowering journey through the designer’s life.

The Opposite of Loneliness - Marina Keegan (Simon & Schuster, £8.99)

Tragically, the author of this novel died in a car crash a few days after graduating from Yale University in 2012. The talented young writer’s collection of essays and short stories, published posthumously by her family, articulate the universal struggle we all face of working out who we want to be in life.