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Summer Reading

A selection of our favourite titles published this year.

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Beautiful Animals

£14.99

Available in Hardback

Published 10/8/2017

Vintage

During a white-hot summer on the idyllic Greek island of Hydra, two girls fall into one another’s lives to devastating effect. When Samantha, a young, impressionable American, meets Naomi, a Brit with a taste for danger, their relationship quickly takes on a special intensity.

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All That Man Is

£8.99

Available in Paperback

Published 6th April 2017

Vintage

Superbly written, All That Man Is  reads at first like a collection of seemingly unconnected short stories. Slowly and with surgical precision, common themes are revealed until it hits you round the head with its devastating finale.

‘…these nine stories about very different men are replete with richly observed humanity, caught on the page as if in the midst of lives that extend backwards and forwards beyond the time we spend with them.’ The Guardian

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The Underground Railroad

£7.99

Available in Paperback

Published 26th June 2017

Fleet

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.

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Swing Time

£8.99

Available in Paperback

Published 6th July 2017

Penguin

Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and true identity, how they shape us and how we can survive them. Moving from north-west London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.Two brown girls dream of being dancers – but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free.

It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either…