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The Book Club Review

Jun 20, 2022

Whether you're soaking up Nutcrackers on Rockaway beach like Kate's book-reviewing heroine Molly Young, throwing down a picnic rug in your garden or the local park, fighting your way through airport chaos with the promise of a trip abroad or cosying up with a warm blanket in the Southern Hemisphere, we've got the Summer Reading show for you. It's packed full of recommendations including our own favourite beach reads and tips from booksellers, authors and other friends of the pod.

So if you’re curious what show-regular Phil Chaffee is diving into this summer, what Emily Rhodes of Emily’s Walking Book Club is planning on reading, what Nadia Odunayo of book recommendations app The Storygraph thinks you should try, what onetime journalist now bookseller Tom Rowley is planning on reading when he gets a second off setting up his new bookshop, Backstory, and finally what one of our favourite authors, Ed Caesar, thinks might be the perfect page-turner for you, keep listening.

So whether you're inclined towards the hottest new releases or the tried and tested classics (including several our guests love so much they return to them again and again), grab a notepad and listen in.

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Book recommendations

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

The Field by Robert Seethaler

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny

Lessons in Chamistry by Bonnie Garmus

You Made a Fool of Death with your Beauty by Akwake Emezi

A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting by Sophie Irwin

A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr

Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido

The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn

News of the Dead by James Robertson

Free by Lea Ypi

Serious Money by Caroline Knowles

The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

The House of Niccolo sequence by Dorothy Dunnet

We Don't Know Ourselves by Fintan O'Toole

Gallant by V.E. Schwab

Clockers by Richard Price

Virtue by Hermione Hobie

Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hobie

Essex Dogs by Dan Jones (published 15 September 2022)