fabulous hand-picked summer reads all at £2 off rrp
another fine mess - tim moore (rrp £9.99)
Tim Moore - indefatigable travelling everyman - switches two wheels for four as he journeys across Trumpland in an original Model T Ford.
Lacking even the most basic mechanical know-how, Tim Moore sets out to cross Donald’s complex USA armed only with a fan belt made of cotton, wooden wheels and a trunk-load of ‘wise-ass Limey liberal gumption’, his route takes him exclusively through Trump-voting counties, meeting the everyday folks who voted red along the way.
the spy and the traitor - ben macintyre (rrp £8.99)
Macintyre does true-life espionage better than anyone else. He has a remarkable ability to construct a narrative that is as taut and urgent as it is carefully nuanced. Here the pace never slackens and the focus never drifts, while Macintyre's insight into his subject's tangle of contradictions never loses its sharpness. It's a tough call, but The Spy and the Traitor may well be his best book yet.
The best true spy story I have ever read -- John le Carre
BITTER ORANGE - CLAIRE FULLER (RRP £8.99)
A sinister story that considers the terrifying lengths people will go to in order to escape their past. In the vein of Shirley Jackson’s bone-chilling The Haunting of Hill House, Fuller’s disturbing novel will entrap readers in its twisty narrative, leaving them to reckon with what is real and what is unreal. An intoxicating and unsettling masterpiece.
MIDDLE ENGLAND - JONATHAN COE (RRP £8.99)
An astute, enlightened and enlightening journey into the heart of our current national identity crisis. From post-industrial Birmingham to the London riots and the current political gridlock, Middle England takes in family, literature and love in a comedy for our times. The first great Brexit novel, Coe’s comic critique of a divided country dazzles. It is also incisive and brilliant about our conflicted Britain and the deep chasms revealed by the vote to leave – properly laugh-out-loud funny.
ULTIMATUM - FRANK GARDNER (RRP £8.99)
Hidden from prying western satellites, Iranian scientists work on a banned device. They are acting on the orders of a renegade cell within Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, whose objective is to transform their country into a nuclear-armed nation, and so seal its domination of the Middle East. Britain's intelligence agencies know something is up. Someone on the inside is ready to hand over information - but then the rendezvous with SIS officer Luke Carlton goes bloodily wrong. Luke needs to be extracted. Fast.
Gardner skillfully mixes knowledge garnered as the BBC’s security correspondent with breathless action." (Marcel Berlins - THE TIMES)
UNSHELTERED - BARBARA KINGSOLVER (RRp £8.99)
Meet Willa Knox, a woman who stands braced against a world which seems to hold little mercy for her and her family or their old, crumbling house, falling down around them. Willa's two grown-up children, a new-born grandchild, and her ailing father-in-law have all moved in at a time when life seems at its most precarious. But when Willa discovers that a pioneering female scientist lived on the same street in the 1800s, could this historical connection be enough to save their home from ruin? And can Willa, despite the odds, keep her family together?
GHOST WALL - SARAH MOSS (RRP £8.99)
Teenage Silvie and her parents are living in a hut in Northumberland as an exercise in experimental archaeology. Her father is a difficult man, obsessed with imagining and enacting the harshness of Iron Age life. Haunting Silvie’s narrative is the story of a bog girl, a young woman sacrificed by those closest to her, and the landscape both keeps and reveals the secrets of past violence and ritual as the summer builds to its harrowing climax.
Ghost Wall requires you to put your life on hold while you finish it.
IN EXTREMIS - LINDSEY HILSUM (RRP £9.99)
Written by fellow foreign correspondent Lindsey Hilsum, this is the story of the most daring war reporter of her time. Drawing on unpublished diaries and interviews with Marie's friends, family and colleagues, Hilsum conjures a fiercely compassionate, complex woman who was driven to an extraordinary life and tragic death. In Extremis is the story of our turbulent age, and the life of a woman who defied convention.
THE LEMON TREE HOTEL - ROSANNA LEY (RRP £7.99)
A delicious story, drenched in the Italian lifestyle on the beautiful coast of Cinque Terra. Three women of three generations run the Lemon Tree Hotel, converted from a Convent back in the '60's by the current owner's parents. But there is a dark and sad past below the surface to this idyllic haven for tourists. Can the sadness of a long lost love somehow be rekindled? A most excellent book.
THE SHEPHERD’S HUT - TIM WINTON (RRP £8.99)
In The Shepherd’s Hut, Winton crafts the story of Jaxie Clackton, a brutalized rural youth who flees from the scene of his father’s violent death and strikes out for the vast wilds of Western Australia. All he carries with him is a rifle and a water jug. All he wants is peace and freedom but surviving in the harsh salt lands alone is a savage business. And once he discovers he’s not alone out there, all Jaxie’s plans go awry. The Shepherd’s Hut is a thrilling tale of unlikely friendship and yearning, at once brutal and lyrical, from one of our finest storytellers.
VOX - CHRISTINA DALCHER (RRP £8.99)
Jean lives in an America in which women have been forced to surrender all freedoms and are restricted to speaking 100 words a day, for the new government has decreed that women need to be Pure. They need to learn a lesson, as do gays and lesbians, who’ve been herded into camps. As to how this happened, the novel is sharp on collective collusion, and also shows the consequences of the coward’s sidestepping “I was only following orders” excuse.
`Intelligent, suspenseful, provocative, and intensely disturbing - everything a great novel should be'
CIRCE - Madeline miller (rrp £8.99)
This novel puts a feminist spin on Greek mythology, recasting Circe, the vilified witch infamous for turning men into pigs, in a sympathetic light. Subverting the usual masculine tropes of epic adventure narratives, Miller tells the story of the women who have been historically silenced. And on top of that, she makes Greek myths and culture, which is often perceived as impenetrable and intimidating, accessible.
*sherborne & sidmouth only
HOUSE OF GOLD - NATASHA SOLOMONS (RRP £8.99)
Set between 1911 and 1917 this is a story that reads on an epic scale. Europe sits at the forefront as World War One marches forwards, and for one particular family the Goldbaum’s, their whole existence is fractured and forever altered. In such a huge arena we meet Greta who is sent from Austria to England to marry a distant cousin, her thoughts and feelings create a touchable, emotionally rich and moving story. Her pain, the ache of loneliness, and her relationship with her husband and brother are exquisitely realised.