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From Victorian mysteries to witchcraft and wizardry: the most addictive new reads of July

I know, I know, it’s difficult to do anything other than stare at the news at the moment, but we’d all do our mental health a favour if we put down our phones for a few hours and read a good book instead.

The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss, The Mare by Mary Gaitskill and Nina is Not OK by Shappi Korsandi are very different stories but all have at their heart a girl in peril.

Keggie Carew’s Dadland and Michel Faber’s Undying both deal with loss. Mystery is on the menu in The Place That Didn’t Exist by Mark Watson, I Found You by Lisa Jewell and The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders. Smoke by Dan Vyleta is a great work of imagination.

Finally, I can’t wait for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – I feel seriously in need of some magic.

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