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From psychological thrillers to literary comfort food, the best new books of August

Author, self-confessed bookworm and books editor at The Bookseller, Cathy Rentzenbrink, tells us about the hot new books that should be on your buy, beg or borrow list this month

The first book on my list has just been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and is the best book of the year for me. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is set in New York and is not an easy read in any way but is a searing experience that will leave you feeling changed. If you fancy stepping back in time, I’d suggest a visit to London during the Blitz with Noonday by Pat Barker or take a hop to Kenya and jump in a plane with Paula McLain who gives us the life of aviatrix Beryl Markham in Circling the Sun. For smart, contemporary thrillers, turn the pages with Sophie Hannah in A Game for All the Family or live through every mother’s worst nightmare in Gilly MacMillan’s Burnt Paper Sky. Finally, I can offer you literary comfort food with the sweetly warm journey of a chef in Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal.

Wishing you many happy reading hours.



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