Summer reading

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Summer reading: the 30 best holiday reads – chosen by authors and critics
Novelists including Johny Pitts, Monica Ali and Nina Stibbe – plus Observer critics – on their essential holiday books

02, Jul, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Summer books: Bernardine Evaristo, Hilary Mantel, David Nicholls and more pick their favourites
Authors recommend their favourite recent reads, from addictive novels and fascinating cultural history to a game-changing graphic memoir

Bernardine Evaristo, Hilary Mantel, David Nicholls, Anne Enright, Sara Collins, Ali Smith, Jonathan Franzen, Pankaj Mishra, Colm Tóibín, Sarah Waters, Olivia Laing, Ian Rankin, Robert Macfarlane, Katherine Rundell, Mohammed Hanif, Polly Samson and Fatima Bhutto

25, Jun, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Summer reading: the 50 hottest new books for a great escape
From pageturning thrillers and comic novels to an antidote to doomscrolling – our pick of the best new fiction and nonfiction. Plus 10 brilliant paperbacks, and 10 great reads for children and teens

Justine Jordan, David Shariatmadari and Imogen Russell Williams

25, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Going places: The international authors to read this summer
Foreign travel may be curtailed, but from Germany’s Mariana Leky to Japan’s Shiori Ito, there is plenty of exciting writing coming to our shores. Meet the writers who are making waves

17, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Summer reading: the 50 hottest new books everyone should read
From missing lighthouse keepers to the healing power of trees ... 50 new fiction and nonfiction books to enjoy. Plus recent paperbacks to pack and the best children’s stories

05, Jun, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Summer books: Bernardine Evaristo, Hilary Mantel, Richard Osman and more on what they’re reading
Authors share the books they have enjoyed reading this year, including a hilarious dark comedy, poetry and a study of mystery illnesses

Hilary Mantel, David Nicholls, Yuval Noah Harari, Sarah Perry, Sarah Waters, Richard Osman, Bernardine Evaristo, Diana Evans, Torrey Peters, Douglas Stuart, Sara Collins, Michael Rosen, Elif Shafak, Ian Rankin, Olivia Laing and Polly Samson

05, Jun, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Be honest. You're not going to read all those books on your holiday, are you? | Stephanie Convery
When it comes to my summer downtime, the last thing I want to do is read very serious and important things

Stephanie Convery

01, Jan, 2020 @12:21 AM

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Summer reading: dive into the perfect book
As publishers vie to persuade us to pack their titles for the holidays, we chart the evolution of the ’beach read’

Alex Preston

14, Jul, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Summer reading: booksellers recommend…
Staff at four award-winning independent bookshops tell us what they’ll be packing for their holidays

14, Jul, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Observer book clinic: send us your summer reading questions
Heading on holiday but no idea what to read? Our special seasonal team of experts can solve your literary dilemmas

The Observer

07, Jun, 2019 @2:26 PM

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Why has holiday reading become a competitive sport? | Johanna Leggatt
Yes, I know. This is the summer you are going to break the back of Ulysses, only stopping for water and power naps

Johanna Leggatt

11, Jan, 2019 @9:00 PM

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Reading group: which novel set on holiday should we read this month?
Whether we’re being taken on vacation by Ernest Hemingway or Esther Freud, this month’s reading is likely to be melancholy, hedonistic or both

Sam Jordison

28, Aug, 2018 @11:44 AM

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