Summer is upon us and we are all in need of some fresh books to accompany our hot afternoons. Summer is the best time to get back into reading just for fun. With so many books out there, it can be tough to pick one. Whether you’re chilling on a beach, hiking in the mountains, relaxing in a park, or trying to survive the hellish heat on the city’s public transport, we’ve got you covered with the best book recommendations for your summer adventures. From gripping thrillers to heart-warming love stories, historical fiction, and more, our team has put together a delightful summer reading list!

LIV MAIDMAINT, Literary Agent and Head of Books – Brotherless Night by V. V. Ganeshananthan

This novel, about a family torn apart and a region destabilized by the Sri Lankan civil war, is not a light-hearted beach read, but I haven’t been able to put it down. It’s unflinching, courageous, and insightful. The tenderness and love that connects the characters make it a deeply moving page-turner that you won’t forget

HANNAH TODD, Literary Agent – None of This is True by Lisa Jewel

I know, I’m SO late to the party but when this book won Best Audiobook at the British Book Awards, I had to add it to my list! It’s a super compelling thriller that is giving me Death of a Bookseller vibes but for an older audience. I’ve not yet hit the big reveal, but based on what I’ve read so far, I really recommend listening to this one; what they’ve done with the audio production is amazing!

MADDY BELTON, Literary Agent – When the Moon Hatched by Sarah A. Parker

I’ve just finished this and it truly scratched that romantasy itch! Gorgeous worldbuilding, a romance full of angst, longing and fantastic dragons! It’s sad and the story unravels slowly, but it’s beautifully done and I just had to know what would happen next!

VALENTINA PAULMICHL, Rights manager – All the Colours of the Dark by Chris Whitaker

This novel is a triumph and one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a lyrical epic story of love, friendship, obsessions and belonging which follows two of the most complex, real and deeply moving characters ever written. It breaks you and puts you back together at every turn of the page and stays with you long after reading it. A blend of coming-of-age and crime novels with a suspenseful thread, it really is one of the most accomplished novels ever crafted: huge in scope and skill, it reveals the depths of human emotions and the power of one’s beliefs.

ELINOR DAVIS, Associate Agent – The Echoes of Us by Emma Steele

I love to get lost in big love stories and this one has such a clever and unique hook, it was right up my street! It tells the story of a couple involved in a car accident, where the man, instead of seeing his own life flash before his eyes, sees the life of his partner. It might sound a bit too dramatic for a summer read, but I think anyone who fell for David Nicholls’ One Day will love this one too.

TIAN ZHENG, Contracts Manager – Finding Mr Perfectly Fine by Tasneem Abdur-Rashid

This debut romcom about a British Bengali Londoner trying to find love before her 30th birthday is heart-warming and genuinely hilarious. The author’s second novel, The Thirty Before Thirty List, is also publishing this month!

SASKIA ARTHUR,  Assistant to Madeleine Milburn – The Guest by Emma Cline

I fell in love with Cline’s debut, The Girls, last summer, and her second book is the perfect summer read for those who love a hint of darkness: The Guest follows Alex, a directionless 22-year-old escort who does her best to deceive and blend in with the privileged classes of Long Island, NY. Sultry, compelling and with Cline’s typically lucid yet bare writing style, it’s an engrossing and caustic read.

KELLY CHIN, Children’s & YA Assistant – River East, River West by Aube Rey Lescure

A debut with an east-west immigrant narrative that brilliantly touches on the exploration of race, family and identity. Set in China, alternating between 1985 and 2007, this novel delivers the type of escapism I tend to look for in summer through its compelling and poignant storytelling. Recently shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Lescure’s beautifully written book is a must to add to your list!

VIRGINIA IVALDI, Literary Assistant – Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

Nothing new, I know, but in case you haven’t read this one yet – Do! I can’t recommend it enough. I love a book that explores form and uses it to elevate the writing, and Olga Tokarczuk mastered this. Flights is a novel as well as a collection of short stories, essays, meditations, and odd characters. I’ve never read anything like it before. The book explores the theme of travelling as the common thread that ties all the fragments in the book together, delving into topics like anatomy, language, adventure, science, and ethics. It takes you on a journey around the world through a moving exploration of places and the human condition.