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From gripping romance to feminist history: 10 blistering summer reads for August

August should be a quiet month, but the books on offer in the midst of summer are as varied as the weather, and a whole lot more exciting.

For those who haven’t got the time for a full novel, or who want something to dip in and out of, there are two great short story collections out in August - What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah and Jenny Zhang’s Sour Heart.

If you’re looking to lose yourself in great characters and plot but also want something suitable for the beach, there is Sarra Manning’s The House of Secrets, Sonya Lalli’s The Arrangement and Sophie Hannah’s Did You See Melody?, all completely different but equally compelling.

J Courtney Sullivan’s Saints For All Occasions and Nicole Krauss’ Forest Dark are absorbing novels you’ll want to shut out the world to spend time with.

And finally in non-fiction Maggie O’Farrell’s I Am, I Am, I Am is jaw-droppingly good, while Carina Chocano’s You Play the Girl is a fascinating study of, well, The Girl, and Damon Young’s The Art of Reading is perfect for avid and lapsed readers (and anyone in between).

Happy reading.

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