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.