Summing up Summer: The Better Reading Team Chooses their Seasonal Highlights

Summing up Summer: The Better Reading Team Chooses their Seasonal Highlights

We blinked and it’s over. It’s always sad saying goodbye to summer, although this year it’s perhaps somewhat of a relief. It’s been an extremely difficult summer for many Australians. But just before the mercury dips into autumn, we thought we’d reflect on some of our favourite reads of the season. Here’s the team summing up their favourite summer titles.

Melissa Wilson, Head of Marketing and Children’s Content

I really enjoyed The Other People. C.J. Tudor entwines three disturbing stories to create a very creepy but extremely compelling thriller. You are completely in the dark right until the very end and the premise that the story is based on is one that is chillingly plausible.

I loved Hannah Richell’s The River Home, a touching and heartfelt story of family, love, grief and the emotional connections that tie us to each other – and to places. It is a story that leaves the reader pondering their own life and experiences.

Jane Tara, Lifestyle Editor and Adult titles

Two big books are my summer standouts – one a beach read and the other a gorgeous read deemed to become a classic.

Marian Keyes has brilliantly tapped into the family dynamics with Grown Ups. She has the master skill of making a family’s day-to-day lives seem interesting! You could be walking into the Casey extended family gathering yourself, the way that Keyes includes you in the story.

My other choice is Michael Christie’s Greenwood. Once in a while a book comes along that is so exquisite, so delicious, so powerful… a book that compels you to think and feel deeply about life, the world around us and our purpose. Greenwood is such a book.

Honorary mention to A Murder at Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey. An absolute pleasure.

Bec Howard, Marketing Coordinator

So many to choose from! But if I had to choose two…

Rose Hartley writes a funny, fierce and raw debut with Maggie’s Going Nowhere. The characters are hilariously real and the situations completely believable! Delightfully snarky and funny.

Also, Jane in Love by Rachel Givney. At age twenty-eight, Jane Austen knows she should be seeking a suitable husband. But Jane needs to take some extreme measures in order to find the man of her dreams. These extreme measures magically land her in modern-day England.

 

Reviews

I was Inspired by Love and Loss: Hannah Richell on The River Home

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2 March 2020

I was Inspired by Love and Loss: Hannah Richell on The River Home

    Michael Christie Hopes his Novel, Greenwood will Inspire Readers to Consider Interconnectedness

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    27 February 2020

    Michael Christie Hopes his Novel, Greenwood will Inspire Readers to Consider Interconnectedness

      Read an Extract from Hannah Richell’s Wise and Emotionally Powerful, The River Home

      Review | Extract

      25 February 2020

      Read an Extract from Hannah Richell’s Wise and Emotionally Powerful, The River Home

        Hannah Richell’s The River Home is a Touching and Heartfelt Story of Family, Love and Grief

        Review | Our Review

        24 February 2020

        Hannah Richell’s The River Home is a Touching and Heartfelt Story of Family, Love and Grief

          A Book that Lingers Long After the Last Page: Read an Extract From Michael Christie's Greenwood

          Review | Extract

          24 February 2020

          A Book that Lingers Long After the Last Page: Read an Extract From Michael Christie's Greenwood

            CJ Tudor Explains how The Other People was Inspired by a Real-Life Situation

            Review | Author Related

            18 February 2020

            CJ Tudor Explains how The Other People was Inspired by a Real-Life Situation

              Chillingly Plausible: Take a Sneak Peek at CJ Tudor's The Other People

              Review | Extract

              17 February 2020

              Chillingly Plausible: Take a Sneak Peek at CJ Tudor's The Other People

                The Other People by CJ Tudor is a Creepy and Extremely Compelling Thriller

                Review | Our Review

                17 February 2020

                The Other People by CJ Tudor is a Creepy and Extremely Compelling Thriller

                  Michael Christie's Greenwood is an astonishing achievement

                  Review | Our Review

                  17 February 2020

                  Michael Christie's Greenwood is an astonishing achievement

                    Jane in Love Author, Rachel Givney on Choosing the Heart or the Pen

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                    11 February 2020

                    Jane in Love Author, Rachel Givney on Choosing the Heart or the Pen

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                        Publisher details

                        The River Home
                        Author
                        Hannah Richell
                        Publisher
                        Hachette
                        Genre
                        Fiction
                        Released
                        25 February, 2020

                        Synopsis

                        The river can take you home. But the river can also drag you under...'It's something she learned years ago - the hard way - and that she knows she will never forget: even the sweetest fruit will fall and rot into the earth, eventually. No matter how deep you bury the pain, the bones of it will rise up to haunt you ... like the echoes of a summer's night, like the river flowing relentlessly on its course.'Margot Sorrell didn't want to go home. She had spent all her adult life trying not to look behind. But a text from her sister Lucy brought her back to Somerset. 'I need you.'As Margot, Lucy and their eldest sister, Eve, reunite in the house they grew up in beside the river, the secrets they keep from each other, and from themselves, refuse to stay hidden. A wedding brings them together but long-simmering resentments threaten to tear the family apart. No one could imagine the way this gathering would change them all forever. And through the sorrow they are forced to confront, there is a chance that healing will also come. But only if the truth is told.The new novel from bestselling author Hannah Richell. A wise and emotionally powerful story of a broken family and the courage it takes to heal.

                        Publisher details

                        The Other People
                        Author
                        C J Tudor
                        Publisher
                        Penguin
                        Released
                        23 January, 2020

                        Synopsis

                        If you loved The Chalk Man and The Taking of Annie Thorne then pre-order C. J. Tudor's chilling new novel now . . .She sleeps, a pale girl in a white room . . .Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl's face appear in the rear window.She mouths one word: 'Daddy.'It's his five-year-old daughter, Izzy.He never sees her again.Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead.Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them.Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe's daughter. She knows who is responsible. And she knows what they will do if they ever catch up with her and Alice . . .

                        Publisher details

                        Greenwood
                        Author
                        Michael Christie
                        Released
                        04 February, 2020

                        Synopsis

                        The truth is that all family lines, from the highest to the lowest, originate somewhere, on some particular day. Even the grandest trees must've once been seeds spun helpless on the wind, and then just meek saplings nosing up from the soil.'2038. On a remote island off the Pacific coast of British Columbia stands the Greenwood Arboreal Cathedral, one of the world's last forests. Wealthy tourists flock from all corners of the dust-choked globe to see the spectacle and remember what once was. But even as they breathe in the fresh air and pose for photographs amidst the greenery, guide Jake knows that the forest is dying, though her bosses won't admit it.1908. Two passenger locomotives meet head-on. The only survivors are two young boys, who take refuge in a trapper's cabin in a forest on the edge of town. In twenty-six years, one of them, now a recluse, will find an abandoned baby - another child of Greenwood - setting off a series of events that will change the course of his life, and the lives of those around him.Structured like the rings of a tree, this remarkable novel moves from the future to the present to the past, and back again, to tell the story of one family and their enduring connection to the place that brought them together.

                        Publisher details

                        Grown Ups
                        Author
                        Marian Keyes
                        Publisher
                        Penguin
                        Genre
                        Fiction
                        Released
                        04 February, 2020

                        Synopsis

                        The new classic from the queen of contemporary fiction.A brand-new book from the Number One bestselling author of The Break and The Woman Who Stole My Life.They're a glamorous family, the Caseys.Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together - birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends away. And they're a happy family. Johnny's wife, Jessie - who has the most money - insists on it.Under the surface, though, conditions are murkier. While some people clash, other people like each other far too much . . .Everything stays under control until Ed's wife Cara, gets concussion and can't keep her thoughts to herself. One careless remark at Johnny's birthday party, with the entire family present, starts Cara spilling out all their secrets.In the subsequent unravelling, every one of the adults finds themselves wondering if it's time - finally - to grow up?

                        Publisher details

                        Jane in Love
                        Author
                        Rachel Givney
                        Publisher
                        Penguin
                        Genres
                        Historical Fiction, Romance
                        Released
                        04 February, 2020

                        Synopsis

                        Jane Austen time-travels to the future and falls in love. But will she choose happiness in the present, or her career as a writer in the past?‘If Jane Austen had the choice between the heart and the pen, what do you think she would do?’At age twenty-eight, Jane Austen should be seeking a suitable husband, but all she wants to do is write. She is forced to take extreme measures in her quest to find true love – which lands her in the most extraordinary of circumstances.Magically, she finds herself in modern-day England, where horseless steel carriages line the streets and people wear very little clothing. She forms a new best friend in fading film star Sofia Wentworth, and a genuine love interest in Sofia’s brother Fred, who has the audacity to be handsome, clever and kind-hearted.She is also delighted to discover that she is now a famous writer, a published author of six novels and beloved around the globe. But as Jane’s romance with Fred blossoms, her presence in the literary world starts to waver. She must find a way to stop herself disappearing from history before it’s too late.A modern-day reimagining of the life of one of the world’s most celebrated writers, this wonderfully witty romantic comedy offers a new side to Jane’s story, which sees her having to choose between true love in the present and her career as a writer in the past.

                        Publisher details

                        Maggie's Going Nowhere
                        Author
                        Rose Hartley
                        Publisher
                        Penguin
                        Released
                        07 January, 2020

                        Synopsis

                        Maggie’s Going Nowhere is a fierce and funny debut introducing a thoroughly relatable and offbeat heroine. If you enjoy Fleabag, you'll adore Maggie!'A compulsive and hilarious read. In Maggie, Hartley has created one of those indelible characters of whom we must thoroughly disapprove and yet cannot help but love.' Karen Joy FowlerMaggie Cotton’s life is a hot mess.In one day, she’s dumped by her boyfriend, disinherited by her mum, and kicked off the three-year degree course she’d stretched to a decade. And that was before she received the letter saying she owed the government $70,000.But that’s no reason to grow up, is it?With a decrepit 1960s caravan to call home, Maggie has to prove to her mother she can survive without a safety net, stop her loyal best friend Jen from marrying a scumbag, and convince her sexy workmate Rueben that she’s not a walking disaster. For someone who’s spent her life avoiding hard work, she sure can move mountains when she’s got a little motivation – just don’t ask her to move the caravan.

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