New books

New books to read in August

My four new books for August include a quartet of literary fiction gems.

From revolutions to secret societies, these new books provide the perfect escapism for soaking up the last of the summer sunshine (if you’ve had some).

Three-Martini Lunch by Suzanne Rindell

Three-Martini Lunch

1950s New York. A publishing company. A wannabe writer. Martinis. What more could you want from a summer read?

This book has been praised for its plot twists and cool characters and will have you gripped throughout. You can even get a taster with this extract from the publisher.

Three-Martini Lunch is published by Allison and Busby in hardback on 8 August.

The City Always Wins by Omar Robert Hamilton

The City Always Wins

This book has been described as a “remarkable debut” and it’s certainly being talked about a lot. The book focuses on the 2011 Egyptian revolution, exploring the impact of events from political and personal view points. It follows Mariam and Khalil, activists who are caught up in the chaos and whose lives are changed forever by the conflict.

The City Always Wins is published in hardback by Faber and Faber on 3 August.

The Ready-made Thief by Augustus Rose

The Ready-made Thief

Billed as an “addictive literary puzzle”, this is the story of Lee, a runaway in Philadelphia, who uncovers a secret society that is not what is seems. The book is filled with mystery, suspense and intrigue and is a striking debut from Rose.

The Ready-made Thief is published by Viking on 10 August.

Christodora by Tim Murphy


This extraordinary book explores the lives of the residents of Christodora, an apartment block in Manhattan’s East Village. It covers AIDS, activism and self-discovery over several decades in New York, illustrating how drugs and addiction affect the people of the city. It’s been described as ambitious and kaleidoscopic.

Christodora is published in hardback by Picador on 24 August.

Well, that lot of literary fiction should keep you going for the month. Enjoy.

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