If you have plans to sit by a pool reading this summer, or even just to take a break from work and relax from your own garden, here’s nine summer reads to consider:

1. Dream A Little Dream – Giovanna Fletcher


Giovanna’s latest romance novel was released just in time for summer. It features a personal assistant named Sarah who’s dreaming of a life better until she meets the man of her dreams. Described by Heat as “Saucy, fun and full of heart”.

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2. The Versions Of Us – Laura Barnett


The Versions Of Us centres on the critical moment Eva and Jim meet, at which point both of their lives are altered. Laura Barnett removes the “what if” question and leads the reader down three alternative scenarios. A thought-provoking novel that is said to be utterly engrossing.

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3. Face Value – Ian Andrew


 Set in Afghanistan, this thrilling story reveals exploits of former military intelligence experts. Ian Andrew uses his military experiences to create vivid images in the first instalment of the Wright & Tran series.

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4. The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion


Although this novel was released back in 2013, it exploded in popularity this year when the second instalment was released. The blurb pitches: “love, life and lobster every Tuesday.” Chick-lit author Sophie Kinsella (Confessions Of A Shopaholic) said: “‘I couldn’t put this book down. It’s one of the most quirky and endearing romances I’ve ever read.”

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5. Aloysius Tempo – Jason Johnson


Due to be released at the end of July, Aloysius Tempo is the name of a government assassin. The plot centres on a plan to engineer a cluster of ‘accidental’ deaths of hated individuals in Ireland. Symbolic of Ireland’s history, this book makes for an excellent local read.

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6. Us – David Nicholls


From the brilliant author that released One Day, Us is about a man who attempts to save his marriage by organising the holiday of a lifetime, posing the question: what could go wrong?


7. I Let you Go – Claire Mackintosh


Sunday times bestseller, I Let You Go, observes Jenna Gray in the aftermath of a tragic accident. Author, Mark Billingham (Tom Thorne) revealed: “there was a twist that made me green with envy”.

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8. The Narrow Road To The Deep North – Richard Flanagan


Surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by a past love affair, receiving a letter early on in the novel which directs his journey. Set in the despair of a Japanese prisoner of war camp, The Narrow Road won the Man Booker prize 2014.

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9. H Is For Hawk – Helen Macdonald


This bestseller won the Costa Book Of The Year and Samuel Johnson Prize For Non-Fiction, centring on Helen Macdonald’s childhood ambition to be a falconer. This unique read explores grief, memory, nature and nation

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*Prices of 30.06.2015 Amazon Paperbacks (new)

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