Our 9 Favourite Books To End Summer On A High Note

We really hate to say it, but the official end of summer is not that far away… Can’t let go?We’ve rounded up nine great books that will draw you in, transport you to a different time and place and make summer last forever (at least in your mind)…

1. The Other Mother by Jen Brister

Like every new parent, Jen has absolutely no clue what she’s doing. Add ‘gay’ and ‘nonbiological’ to the mix and what do you get? A panicked beige lesbian desperately googling, ‘Will my babies love me?’ at 3 a.m…

2. The Need by Helen Phillips

A gripping, unsettling and stunningly original story about Molly – a harried mother-of-two and paleobotanist – who makes a reality-altering discovery at a fossil quarry that threatens not only her sanity, but her very existence…

3. Roar by Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern’s short story collection promises ‘a story for every woman and a story for every moment’ and tackles everything from love to loss to acute embarrassment with the wit and pathos for which she’s famed.

4. The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen

When an unspeakable tragedy upends everything in Augusta’s life, she’s propelled headfirst into the unknown and becomes determined to find where she belongs…

5. The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse

Carcassonne 1562. 19-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter at her father’s bookshop. Sealed with a distinctive family crest, it contains just five words: SHE KNOWS THAT YOU LIVE.

6. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

This beautiful, beguiling novel unearths a family’s history that began before the central character, Little Dog, was born and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation…

7. On Chapel Sands by Laura Cumming

Author and art critic Laura Cumming uncovers the puzzling story of her mother’s kidnapping as a child from a Lincolnshire beach…

8. More Orgasms Please by The Hotbed Collective

This debut book is an open, honest and, at moments, hilarious dive into all aspects of sex for women. It covers feminist porn, body image, menopause and much more.

9. The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

When a young novelist discovers that her editor is in danger of being taken away by ‘the Memory Police’, she desperately wants to save him. For some reason, he doesn’t forget, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for him to hide his memories…