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These are your must have summer reads of 2017

The festive season is the perfect time to catch up on your reading and curl up with a good book.

By Holly Royce

Why on earth would anyone not want to jump into summer reading?

You could join a summer book club, or maybe a summer reading challenge if you enjoy reading with friends, though when it comes down to it, all you need is you, a glass of rosé and a good book.

Your chances of 'just picking up a good book' are 50/50 at best.

What you need is an experienced book reading friend to suggest a few titles taking the book world by storm right now.

Lucky you clicked on this article because we have seven for you to choose from.

No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin

Available December 5th
Available December 5th

Ursula K. Le Guin is widely considered as one of the best authors of our time, so that's always a good place to start.

No Time to Spare is a collection of thoughts—always skillfully delivered, often with a biting wit—on ageing, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation. What's not to love?

See it on Booktopia.

Elmet by Fiona Mozley

Available December 5th
Available December 5th

Atmospheric and unsettling, Elmet is a lyrical commentary on contemporary society and one family's precarious place in it, as well as an exploration of how deep the bond between father and child can go.

See it on Booktopia.

Sanctuary by Judy Nunn

In Judy Nunn's latest compelling novel, compassion meets bigotry, hatred meets love, and ultimately despair meets hope on the windswept shores of Australia.

See it on Booktopia.

Heather the totality by Matthew Weiner

Matthew Weiner - the creator of Mad Men - has crafted an extraordinary first novel of incredible pull and menace. Heather, The Totality demonstrates perfectly his forensic eye for the human qualities that hold modern society together, and pull it apart.

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Fresh complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Eugenides’s bestselling novels Middlesex, The Virgin Suicides and The Marriage Plot have shown him to be an astute observer of the crises of adolescence, self-discovery and family love. These stories, from one of our greatest authors, explore equally rich and intriguing territory.

Narratively compelling and beautifully written, Fresh Complaint shows all of Eugenides’s trademark humour, compassion and complex understanding of what it is to be human.

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Turtles all the way down by John Green

The wait is over! John Green, the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, is back.

Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

See it on Booktopia.