One of the great pleasures of our all-too-brief summers is the opportunity to read outdoors, turning the sun-dappled pages of something absorbing in the park, on the beach or just in the garden. So here are the titles we're recommending for summer reading this year, from great fiction like Julie Orringer's The Invisble Bridge, Jonathan Dee's The Privileges and Donna Leon's A Question of Belief to such entertaining and informative non-fiction as Graham Robb's Parisians, Jeanette Winterston's Why be Happy When You Could be Normal? and John Lanchester's Whoops!
Carsten Jensen; Charlotte Barslund
In 1848 a motley crew of Danish sailors sets sail from the small island town of Marstal to fight the Germans. Not all of them return - and those who...
An international bestseller and the novel of the year, 'Freedom' is an epic of contemporary love and marriage.
We are, to use a technical economic term, screwed. The cowboy capitalists had a party with everyone's money and now we're all paying for it. What went wrong? And will...
A witty and informative guide to the fundamental laws which govern the universe that's so simple that even a dog can understand!
Jo Nesbo; Don Bartlett
The night the first snow falls a young boy wakes to find his mother gone. He walks through the silent house, but finds only wet footprints on the stairs. In...
The eccentrically brilliant new series from Britain's most creative comic genius Jasper Fforde, set hundreds of years in the future.
An epic of love, hatred, war and revolution
Why have all human cultures - today and throughout history - made music? Why does music excite such rich emotion? And how do we make sense of musical sound? This...
* A major paperback from one of our great writers:following the first of her speculative fiction, ORYX AND CRAKE
The acid, hilarious, confessional, provocative bestselling memoirs of our greatest contrarian, and the author of God Is Not Great.
This trot through German culture and history is an engrossing, informative and hilarious read' Sunday Times
At a suburban barbecue one afternoon, a man slaps an unruly boy. The boy is not his son. It is a single act of violence, but this one slap reverberates...
Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatized child of survivors of the Revolution. Parrot the son of an itinerant printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended...
'This latest from crime master Coben is a thrillingly tense yet emotional tale concerning a missing seventeen year old girl' HEAT
The number one bestselling novel by 'just about the most audacious, thrilling and, above all, entertaining young British novelist there is' - Observer.
Ruprecht Van Doren is an overweight genius whose hobbies include very difficult maths and the Search of Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. Daniel 'Skippy' Juster is his roommate. In the grand old Dublin...