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Our Summer Reads

Thursday 27th July 2017

The summer holidays are now well underway and we have compiled our summer reading list. Featuring favourites from our team that include novels and non-fiction, for this will help you while away a few hours in the sun this summer…


FICTION


For me, one of the most glorious books I have ever encountered is the God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. It tells of India; of life, love, hardship but most importantly paints an evocative portrait of that wonderful continent, in particular around Kerala in the South of India. It is so beautifully written that you can almost smell the rains of the monsoon, feel the heat and listen to the sound track of the river.



I subsequently visited Kerala, went on the Backwaters and up into the tea and coffee plantations which were much enhanced by this beautiful book.

An epic book. An absolute thriller which centres around a rare and much lauded painting which ends up in the hands of a boy after a bomb has gone off in the museum he is visiting with his mother. The subsequent events that shape the boy’s life involving the higher echelons of the art world in New York and worldwide, the criminal elements who frequent this territory, the abandonment and sexual awakening of the boy and his descent into a drug fuelled existence are visceral in the extreme. The exhilarating conclusion to this book is spectacular!



Published in 2013 but still the best book I’ve read in years so have to recommend.

It's a mind boggling, immensely readable, impressively plotted page-turner. Different strings of story line culminates in a thrilling ending.


HISTORICAL FICTION





If you are away for 3 weeks read all 21 of the Aubrey Maturin novels by Patrick O’Brian.

Set in 1815 after the battle of Waterloo, the series follows the friendship of Captain Jack Aubrey and his ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin.


AUTOBIOGRAPHY



The master-stickman relates the highs and lows, the lionisations and vilifications, the failed marriages and muso-bromances that took him from unassuming drummer to global megastar.

How many other books are you going to read this year from a man who produced Philip Bailey’s Chinese Wall and Frida-from-Abba’s Something’s Going On?


BUSINESS



First published in 1923 and based on the life of Jesse Livermore one of the greatest stock traders of all time.

This is a timeless tale that will enrich your life--and your portfolio.




Sandberg (COO of Facebook) offers passionate advice and points that are backed up with statistics and studies.

It's title has become a catchphrase for empowerment.


ROMANCE



My favourite warm hearted book I’ve read this year, it will definitely make you smile.

Don is a professor of genetics and is somewhere on the autistic spectrum. To choose a suitable wife, he designs a highly efficient questionnaire to filter out unsuitable candidates…And then he meets Rosie, who fails on nearly every question, but he finds himself wanting to spend more and more time with her.



Or basically anything by Sarah Mason if you want something wonderful that will make you literally laugh out loud.

Plucky reporter Holly Colshannon shadows the unsmiling (though undeniably delicious) Detective James Sabine through his action-packed days.


SPORT


Skidelsky relates a tale of all-consuming devotion. A devotion which almost bankrupts him; almost ends his marriage. But one that ultimately sets him free.

What better time to reconsider Federer's legacy as we delight in his recent 19th grand slam crown and eagerly anticipate a 6th trophy at Flushing Medows.


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