Booklist

Staycation reading

Selected by the Bookshop


Most of us won’t be jetting off on holiday this year, but that’s no reason not to stock up on holiday reading. We’ve selected some of our favourite recent novels, perfect for taking to the park, lido, garden, balcony, sofa, bed, or wherever else your staycation takes you.

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Translated by Karen Van DyckWith a new introduction by Polly Samson, Sunday Times bestselling author of A THEATRE FOR DREAMERS'Gorgeous... the written equivalent of lying in the sun eating figs' India Knight, Sunday Times'That summer we…

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Celebrated by Cathy Rentzenbrink, this glorious rediscovered classic exploring the mystery of a buried Cornish hotel is perfect for Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier fans ...…

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* THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *…

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Translated by Elena Pala'MAGNIFICENT' GUARDIAN'A TOWERING ACHIEVEMENT' FINANCIAL TIMES'INVENTIVE, BOLD, UNEXPECTED' THE SUNDAY TIMES'Everything that makes the novel worthwhile and engaging is here: warmth, wit, intelligence, love, death,…

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'An extraordinary novel... as beautiful and as wrenching as anything I've ever read' Emily St. John MandelA dark past. An impossible journey. The will to survive.Franny Stone is determined to go to the end of the earth, following the last…

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'A phenomenal achievement.' The Times 'One of the most candid and subtle explorations of class by an English novelist in recent years.' TLS'Cool, sharp and perceptive.' StylistWhat is the true cost of living as a young person in…

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Translated by John CullenI was in the melancholy state of mind that often comes over me when I go to see my sister, and I think I started by getting a little lost . . .It’s a Sunday in early September and a woman leaves muggy Paris to…

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It begins with a message: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother's former care-giver, Rani, has died in unexpected circumstances, at the bottom of a well in her village in the north, her neck broken by the fall. The news…

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'A Shock inhabits the secret life of a city, its hidden energies. It dramatizes how patterns form and then disperse, how stories are made and relationships created . . . remarkable' - Colm Toibin, author of Brooklyn 'Political, pertinent,…

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This was my home. This harbour and sea. These golden alleys. But the town I grew up in has disappeared.Ri is a successful international artist who has worked in London all her life. When her English husband dies she turns to her Greek roots…

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The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller, longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2021'Superb' - The Times'Sharp, searching . . . utterly of the moment' - Hilary Mantel'So accomplished' - GuardianIt is the summer solstice, but in a…

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2021'So sharply, so utterly brilliant that I found myself holding my breath while reading it, dazzled by Fuller's mastery and precision' LAUREN GROFF, author of Fates and Furies…

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WINNER of THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR FICTION 2021LONGLISTED for THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2021 and the HIGHLAND BOOK PRIZE2020 Book of the Year according to the Spectator, TLS, New Statesman and Financial TimesDiscover Ali Smith's dazzling,…

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