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New books to read in July

These new books will keep you gripped in July. Grab a spot in the park, throw your towel on a sunbed or just head outdoors to read these belters in the sun.

Don’t forget your sunscreen, though. Safety first.

The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne

The Upstairs Room

I’ve been dying to read this since the lovely folks at Picador sent me a preview. Not only is it a beautiful book – the jacket colours are exquisite – it’s a gripping story that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.

Here’s the blurb from the publisher:

Eleanor, Richard and their two young daughters recently stretched themselves to the limit to buy their dream home, a four-bedroom Victorian townhouse in East London. But the cracks are already starting to show. Eleanor is unnerved by the eerie atmosphere in the house and becomes convinced it is making her ill. Whilst Richard remains preoccupied with Zoe, their mercurial twenty-seven-year-old lodger, Eleanor becomes determined to unravel the mystery of the house’s previous owners – including Emily, whose name is written hundreds of times on the walls of the upstairs room.

The Upstairs Room is published by Picador on 27 July.

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

How to Stop Time

I got a preview of this book from Netgalley and devoured it on my holiday in Morocco in June. It’s a fantastic read that packed with bookish love as well as life-affirming narratives that will leave you thoughtful and uplifted.

Here’s the blurb from the publisher:

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life.

Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover – working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try to tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom must not do is fall in love.

How to Stop Time is published by Canongate on 6 July.

Living the Dream by Lauren Berry

Living the Dream

This book takes sharp and humorous look at modern British life from the perspective of two young women. It’s the debut novel from Lauren Berry, who has been hailed as an exciting new literary voice.

Here’s the blurb from the publisher:

Living the  Dream features Emma, who should be a writer (but works in corporate advertising) and Clem, just back in London from New York, who is on the path to becoming a successful screenwriter (but works in a bar and lives with her mum). Both women navigate the challenges of dreams and aspirations vs. reality, of having the guts to take a risk vs. selling out. Amid the big questions, Emma and Clem also find themselves faced with life’s little challenges: how to look happy at work, what to do with undesirable colleagues, how a hen party can go horribly wrong and what (not) to wear at a ‘wellness’ spa.

Living the Dream is published by Virago on 6 July.

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

This book is being described as one that you’ll want to talk to your friends about. Immediately. And for a long time. It’s a family saga with a twist and a novel that will transport you to Connecticut from the very first page.

Here’s the blurb from the publisher:

George Woodbury is a teacher at a prestigious Connecticut private school. He is voted Teacher of the Year every year, after he rescued the school from a gunman attack. On his daughter’s 17th birthday this beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety with teenage girls on a skiing trip. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her. Their daughter, Sadie, a popular over-achieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah. Their son, Andrew, a lawyer, assists in his father’s defence, while wrestling with his own unhappy memories of his teen years coming out as gay. With George awaiting trial, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?

The Best Kind of People is published by Hodder & Stoughton on 13 July.

So, this month’s quartet of book recommendations should keep you entertained and page-turning throughout July.



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