A number of Curtis Brown authors have been selected for newspapers’ annual summer reading lists, highlighting the best holiday reads for 2016.
Featured in both the Guardian and the Observer is PEN/Faulkner award-winning Ann Patchett with her new novel Commonwealth, which will be published by Bloomsbury in September. Also among the Observer’s Best Holiday Reads is William Finnegan’s acclaimed memoir Barbarian Days (Little, Brown), winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Also included on the Observer’s list is Jane Mayer’s New York Times bestselling examination of the origins, rise and dominance of the American billionaire class, Dark Money, which is published by Scribe.
The Metro has selected Lisa Jewell’s gripping novel The Girls (Random House) as one of its “Books Perfect for Summer Holiday Reading”. Also featuring in the Metro is After You (Penguin), the highly anticipated sequel to global sensation Me Before You, of which the film adaptation, with a screenplay by author Jojo Moyes, is currently on general release in UK cinemas. Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada, has been featured in the Metro and the Daily Mail with her newest book, The Singles Game (HarperCollins), a delightful romp through the world of competitive tennis.
Jane Fallon’s latest novel, Strictly Between Us (Penguin), has been called “emotionally intelligent, beautifully written and gripping” by the Daily Mail in their list of “Best Summer Beach Reads”. Also featured on the list is suspenseful debut thriller The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle, an alumnus of Curtis Brown Creative’s online course in 2014.
For their summer list, The Sunday Times has chosen David Mitchell’s mini-masterpiece Slade House (Sceptre), along with Julia Rochester’s debut novel The House at the Edge of the World (Penguin), which was shortlisted for this year’s Desmond Elliott Prize and longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. Another debut novel to be featured on the Times list is Kate Hamer’s thriller The Girl in the Red Coat, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Costa First Novel Award.
Marie Claire has selected The Forgotten Summer (Michael Joseph) by Carol Drinkwater as one of their “14 Books to Completely Lose Yourself In” this summer. Also featured on the list is I See You, the new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Clare Mackintosh, which will be published by Little, Brown in August.