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Our ideal summer day? Whether we’ve jetted off somewhere exotic or are indulging in a city staycation, a long, sunshine-filled day spent tackling our current reading list sounds ideal.

Planning your own relaxing summer escape? Take your pick of the books currently inhabiting our must-read list.

Lullaby by Leila Slimani

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Immerse yourself in the novel which has been gripping readers since its release and has already garnered film adaptations in both France and US. Leila Slimani’s novel follows the shocking story of a nanny who, within the opening pages, has stabbed the two young children in her care. Within the opening line of “The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds”, Slimani’s story will have you gripped, providing the perfect accompaniment to any long journeys.

The Wives by Lauren Weisberger

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For any fans of The Devil Wears Prada, the latest offering from Laura Weisberger is a welcome addition to your bookshelf. Following the success of the last novel and its subsequent film adaptation, this second offering picks up with Emily, the snarky former assistant to editor Miranda Priestley. Here we find Emily living in the suburbs having left the magazine world and built a career as an image consultant. Ideal for any lazy days on the beach.

Certain American States by Catherine Lacey

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A collection of short stories provides the perfect alternative to a heftier novel. Catherine Lacey’s first collection explores the lives of ordinary people. Each story follows different figures trying to find their place in the world, from a woman coping with the loss of her husband through his clothes to a man obsessively reading his ex-wife’s short story. This tender collection of short stories revels in mundane, messy lives for a compelling summer read.

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

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Exploring mass incarceration in the United States, Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room follows heroine Romy Hall as she begins two consecutive life sentences in prison. Moving between the past and the present to explore Romy’s upbringing and past experience. An unflinching portrayal of its subject matter, Kushner’s novel might not sound like a light holiday read, but the uncompromising look at America today will draw you in and stay with you after you've finished reading.

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

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If you cried over Me Before You on the page and on screen and loved its sequel After You, then the third in the series by Jojo Moyes will be a welcome addition to your holiday reading list. The latest novel following Louise Clark sees the heroine living and working in New York, exploring the city and trying to discover herself. Romantic and funny, the novel offers a tender and touching holiday read.

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