Best Summer Reads 2009

Jul 6, 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.