Summer Reads

We've rounded up our favourite reads for the summer - from can't-put-down holiday novels to mind-opening non-fiction and coffee table books to inspire...

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before by Dr. Julie Smith
No wonder it's been number 1 on The Sunday Times Bestseller list. An insightful, practical read packed full of tools you can implement immediately to help navigate your work and personal life. A collection of coping tips covering stress, self-doubt, fear, grief and much more from renowned clinical psychologist Dr Julie Smith that will leave you feeling supported with a sense of resilience, control and hope. 

Island Hopping by Amanda Lindroth
A summer coffee table book you will actually want to pick up again and again. Dream of your ultimate beach house or escape, this is endless summer and the visual equivalent of an island getaway from the Queen of tropical chic and entertaining, Amanda Lindroth

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Exploring bravery and the power of attachment, this popular read is much more than a war story. Doerr paints a transcendent picture of love and companionship during the Nazi occupation of France. This is a classic must-read for all ages - a modern epic and a sublime story of love and courage.

Willow's favourite recent summer read where she didn't want it to end! Set in Cape Cod, the story follows a complex love triangle that spans 50 years and will have you addictively turning pages in a grippingly emotional and beautiful story.
 
This book was first published in 1955 and yet remains so true to this day exploring a woman's need for solitude. A quietly powerful read beautifully written by Anne Marie Lindbergh 70-odd years ago while holidaying by the sea. This sixth edition was re-released with a beautiful introduction by the author's daughter. We love the cover and it makes a thoughtful gift as well as a comforting and inspiring read full of metaphors from the sea.
 
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
An exquisitely crafted multi-layered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield's bestseller The Thirteenth Tale. A perfect holiday-read escapism.

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
This book is a game-changer. A lot of nodding moments of realisation and particularly relevant to anyone in a relationship with their opposite, or with big families of varying characters. Identifying a love language is like a gateway to better understanding, acceptance and interest in each other and ultimately, more fulfilling relationships.

The stunning new release by author, creative director, stylist, and surfer, Los Angeles-based Lara Einzig introduces more than two dozen inspiring female surfers from around the globe - from activists to artists - who are breaking new ground on land and finding healing, joy and community in the water. Read our exclusive interview with the author Lara Einzig here.
 
Bursting with optimism, rage and female empowerment, this debut novel will have you laughing, crying, fist-pumping and rooting for the main character,  chemist Elizabeth Zott, long after the summer ends.