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Best new books of August: essential reads for summer

Lots of books get compared to One Day and Me Before You but few pass muster. Miss You by Kate Eberlin certainly does and I’d highly recommend you make it your summer read of choice. I promise you’ll be sobbing all over your sun lounger and will feel all the better for it.

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ years old by Hendrik Groen and The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami are both full of off-beat charm and quirky characters.

For short, intense books packed with unlikable but rather addictive people try Love in Central America by Clancy Martin or A Beautiful Young Wife by Tommy Wieringa. Two very different journeys feature in To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey and The Lauras by Sara Taylor, who gives us 13-year-old Alex, my protagonist of the month and I loved The New Mrs Clifton by Elizabeth Buchan, a story of post-war adjustment which sets up a mystery on the first page.

On to non-fiction. A Smell of Burning by Colin Grant is a history of epilepsy infused with the author’s own experience, and The War on Women by Sue Lloyd-Roberts is a tough but necessary read, and sadly useful if you ever need reminding how equality is still far beyond our reach.

Happy reading.

Visit Cathy's page for her picks of the best books of the year so far

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