It’s that time of year once again! While we might all be sticking a bit closer to home than usual this summer, there is still no better time to get stuck into some new reads. We’ve chosen a selection of the best new paperback fiction for your perusal, a whopping 20 lightweight treasures all crying out to be enjoyed during long afternoons in the park.
An astounding follow-up to the universally celebrated Conversations With Friends, Sally Rooney's second novel somehow goes even further in deftly illuminating the emotional minutia of contemporary relationships. Ostensibly charting the course of an on-off relationship between two students at Trinity College Dublin, Normal People delivers, in the characters of Marianne and Connell, some of the most intelligent, sensitive, and quietly profound insights into the complexities of human connection found anywhere in recent fiction. Completely essential reading.
Published by Faber & Faber on 30th August 2018
A stunningly beautifully written novel by the author of Fen. This retelling of (at least) two fairy tales/myths is set on the river and tells the story of a daughter abandoned by her mother.