If you only read one book this summer make it this one

Do you feel like covering up on politics? Trying a historical novel or some sci-fi? if you cant choose among our time volume special, try our shortlist of absolute must reads

Literary page turner
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Sophocless Antigone is remodelled for a searingly contemporary narrative on the part of states savagery, Islamist radicalisation and family duty in this years Womens prize winner.

Beach read
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
Catch up on the whimsical Irish debut about get along with other people and getting to know yourself before Rooneys second romance in September.


Book in translation
Lullabyby Lela Slimani, trans by Sam Taylor
This stylishly written, thoroughly addictive chiller about a seemingly excellent nanny won the Prix Goncourt in its native France.

Science fiction
Gnomon by Nick Harkaway
A mind-bending, countless storied epic about neural networks and the surveillance state.

Historical novel
A Painter to the King by Amy Sackville
Step inside the thoughts and wizards of Diego Velzquez in this virtuosic sketch of the artist and the 17 th-century Spanish court in which he lived and worked.


Crime thriller
London Rules by Mick Herron
Political infighting, personal problems and a string of terrorist attack: the fifth in Herrons series about sleuths behaving badly combinations broad-minded jokes, high theatre and razor-sharp plotting.

Book for 8-12s
Twister by Juliette Forrest
Twisters father has gone missing. Examining for him, she determines a sorceres in the groves, a magical pendant that can hold someone and convert its wearer and a terrifying enemy. A rising myth with a refreshingly down to earth heroine.

Teen read
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Magic was bled out of Orsha one gloom light when Zlies mother and another maji were was killed. Can Zelie, struggling to control her strengths, lead the fight to restore it? A beefy, multi-voiced epic with a west African-inspired setting.


Current affairs
Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey
The win of this years Orwell prize, this debut by McGarvey AKA rapper Loki is both a fresh detail of his own hardship and craving and a powerful political argument.

How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
Psychedelic medicines are approaching the mainstream again, thanks to controlled medical and end-of-life implement. This entertaining investigation by the nutrient writer integrates autobiography and interrogations with trip-up reports he takes sacred mushroom, battery-acid and other substances, with eye-opening results.

Educated by Tara Westover
The bestselling detail of growing up in a fundamentalist Mormon family in Idaho with adversity, abuse and parents who didnt believe in institutions or infirmaries ends with flee via education, at Harvard and Cambridge.

Maam Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown
An offbeat but dazzling sketch of the insolent and pretentious little sister of the Queen comprises fables, diary enterings and authorial involvements perfect, entertaining speak for junkies of The Crown .

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ journals/ 2018/ jul/ 09/ only-read-one-book-this-summer-shortlist

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