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Summer Reading List

books-5Summer Reading List 

We’ve compiled a list of the best reads to take along to the beach or to enjoy after work with an Aperol Spritz in hand.

The North Water by Ian McGuire

Read it: For a gripping, visceral adventure with a rag-tag group of unsavoury characters.

The Mothers by Brit Bennett 

Read it: For the brilliant, incisive and completely original observations about motherhood, friendship, class and race.

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Good for: Making you feel better about your family holiday, which is, by comparison, an utterly harmonious, perfect example of familial bonding.

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida 

Read it: In one sitting. A gripping, glamorous mystery that’s the perfect size to consume in one afternoon by the (hotel) pool.

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Good for: The insatiable Zadie fan, who will delight in her candid reflections on the ever-shifting nature of female friendships.

Everywhere I Look by Helen Garner

Good for: Luxuriously reading one essay at a time before bed, or gulping the entire collection down in one satisfying sitting.

99 Stories from God by Joy Williams

Good for: Beautiful, bite-sized stories from the writers’ writer.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen 

Read it: For The Boss’ story told by the only man who is incisive, witty and completely original enough to do so with justice.

The Lonely City by Olivia Laing

Read it: For the complex, fascinating observations about loneliness, the human condition and how we connect to one another.

Ruins by Rajith Savanadasa 

Read it: For a sweeping, family saga from one of Australia’s newest, most promising talents.