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Why The Summer of Impossible Things should be your next book for the commute

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Join us (and The Zoe Ball Book Club) as we tackle the 10 best books of summer 2018…

Looking for a good book to dive into on your commute? Well, look no further, as Stylist has teamed up with The Zoe Ball Book Club (part of the Sunday edition of her weekend show Zoe Ball on Saturday and Zoe Ball on Sunday) in a bid to track down the best books of summer 2018.

Speaking about the project, Ball says: “I adore reading so I’m beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to bring a book club back to TV. I’m so excited to read all the brilliant titles on our list, and can’t wait to chat about each and every one of them with my wonderful guests and hear what viewers across the country think too – we’ll have a wide range of books that should hopefully encourage everyone to try something new! Thanks to our esteemed panel we can be sure they are splendid reads.”

The reading picks, chosen by Amanda Ross, the guru behind the original Richard & Judy Book Club, and a team of crack book-experts, are seriously diverse – and the first on the list has proven to be a total humdinger.

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Penned by Rowan Coleman, The Summer Of Impossible Things is an emotional, uplifting page-turner that highlights the questions we so often ask ourselves. 

Here’s what Stylist’s resident bookworm, Francesca Brown, had to say about it:

“It would be easy to dismiss The Summer Of Impossible Things as whimsy but, through the power of Coleman’s storytelling, even the most cynical of readers should abandon all preconceptions and just revel in a writer at the height of her powers.

“Twentysomethings Luna and Pea have just lost their mother. Travelling to Bay Ridge, New York to untangle their complex inheritance, their mother’s lifelong sadness and its impact on the pair of them slowly unfurls around them as the pair reflect on their grief. Pea struggles with alcohol and drug addictions while Luna has lost herself in the rigidity of her work as an astrophysicist.

“Uncovering a series of forgotten home movies, they then discover the truth – something terrible happened to their mother in the summer of 1977 – just as she met their father, an English photographer working on the set of local film, Saturday Night Fever. And, to make things even more unsettling, Luna suddenly finds herself moving between the sisters’ time and that hot, stifling 1977 July just as disco appears, power cuts take over and the Summer Of Sam simmers malevolently in the background…

“If all this sounds totally implausible, it is. That’s the point: Coleman mixes magical realism, a whodunnit and a family drama with total precision and confidence. Relax, go with it and find your groove, you’ll be rewarded with one of the great reads of summer.”

The Zoe Ball Book Club, in association with Specsavers, from 17 June on Zoe Ball on Sunday for 10 weeks.

Zoe Ball on Saturday and Zoe Ball on Sunday (ZBoS) is on ITV at 8.30am every weekend, or catch-up on ITV Player.