Best Summer Reads 2009
July 07, 2009
British newspapers have released their recommendations for the Best Summer Reads of 2009.
The Observer has picked their ‘50 Best Summer Reads Ever', including The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell; Flashman's Lady by George MacDonald Fraser; A Murder of Quality by John le Carré and Jilly Cooper's Imogen. The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden was also picked by writer and ex-model Sophie Dahl.
The Daily Telegraph's 50 Summer Reads include The Horse Boy, Rupert Isaacson's tale of his journey to Mongolia to try to heal his autistic son; Love Child: a Memoir of Family Lost and Found by Allegra Huston; The Italian Matchmaker by Santa Montefiore; John le Carré's new thriller A Most Wanted Man and Footprints in Paris by Gillian Tindall.
The Times had recommended Blonde Roots by Bernadine Evaristo and The Towering World of Jimmy Choo by Lauren Goldstein Crowe. The 'Guilty Pleasures' list included This Charming Man by Marian Keyes and Secrets by Freya North. A Most Wanted Man by John le Carré was mentioned in the thriller section, with The Keeper by Natasha Mostert included in the fantasy picks.
The Sunday Times
included: A Mercy
by Toni Morrison
, Deaf Sentence
by David Lodge
; The Sorrows of An American
by Siri Hustvedt
; Child 44
by Tom Rob Smith
and A Most Wanted Man
by John le Carré
. The best of non-fiction section mentioned The Great Western Beach
by Emma Smith
and On Roads
by Joe Moran
, with Love Child: a Memoir of Family Lost and Found
by Allegra Huston
being selected as a Top Choice. The Sunday Times'
round-up also included children's novel The Eyeball Collector
by F E Higgins
and Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Frozen Hearts
by Emma Kennedy
. On Roads
by Joe Moran
was also picked as one of The Sunday Times
' Top 12 books for summer.
The Financial Times'
‘Perfect Summer' highlighted Robin Lane Fox
's The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian