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Summer Read Recommendations

22 July 2019

We asked everyone round the office at Calibre if they would suggest some of their favourite summer reads, either because they read it on holiday or it reminds them of summer. Here's what they recommend:

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald  (9341)

Recommended by Shirin

It evokes summer and the headiness of the roaring twenties in America – a time of opulence versus struggle, jazz and all things terribly naughty. (I still have visions of Robert Redford in a linen suit with Mia Farrow, but enough of that!)

Additional F Scott Fitzgerald books in our library (which have also been adapted for the screen) are Tender Is The Night (7012) and his short story collection The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and other stories (9053).

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor  (7394)

Recommended by James

An amazing book set around the last day of summer in 1997. What begins as a vivid description of various stories throughout a single day eventually becomes something greater, as those threads all weave together.

If this gets you hooked on McGregor's writing, then give Even The Dogs (9599) and Reservoir 13 (12189) a listen.

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer  (13324)

Recommended by Jane

The main character has Asperger’s and is obsessed with death since his father has died. He is accepted onto an Anatomy course and his first task is to dissect a corpse. He believes the answer as to why people die is inside the human body. He has trouble communicating which causes all kinds of problems but finds the real reason as to why his cadaver died. Lots of crossover storylines which keep you hooked from start to finish. This is a gripping and chilling crime story, the perfect recipe for a summer read.

You can enjoy more of the Belinda Bauer's thrillers in our library with Blacklands (12934), Darkside (13005) and Finders Keepers (13188).

Holding by Graham Norton  (13325)

Recommended by Emma

You may know Graham Norton for his Friday night chat shows but he is also the author of two works of fiction. Holding is a novel that you can lose yourself in straight away. Centred round a small community in Ireland you become instantly involved with all the characters because they are described so well by the author. The story has many different strands; it’s a study of family relationships and small community politics with a hint of a crime drama running through it so it has something for everyone. It is the sort of book you could imagine being made into a TV drama. It is a light, entertaining read perfect for summer holidays.

This is Graham’s first book so if you enjoy this one then try his second book called A Keeper (13326).

The Lost Man by Jane Harper  (13256)

Recommended by Denise

My favourite summer read this year is The Lost Man by Jane Harper, though it is more likely to break you out in a sweat than cool you down. The whole story takes place on a cattle station in the Australian outback where sunbathing is definitely not on the menu. As well as being a gripping mystery of how a farmer died of exposure to the sun miles away from his car, the novel is a fascinating look at life in a hostile, sun scorched, environment where the nearest neighbour is hours away.  Add family secrets, and long held grudges to the mix, and you have a real page-turner. Keep the iced drinks on hand though. In fact, why not read all three books by Jane Harper, you won’t be disappointed.

The Dry (11901), Harper’s first novel, and Force of Nature (12664) both feature Aaron Faulk, Australian Federal Police Investigator. The first story revolves around a case of family annihilation in Faulk’s drought-ridden hometown, which isn’t as cut and dried as it seems. In the second novel five women go hiking during a corporate retreat; only four return. Enjoy!