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5 Epic Beach Reads You Need To Devour This Summer

By Morgan Reardon
26th Nov 2019

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The temps are getting warmer, the days longer and beaches are becoming our second home—which can only mean one thing, summer is nearly here. While hitting the surf and a round of cricket are fun, if you’re looking for a more chilled out beach sesh, we’ve got you covered with a whole slew of epic new release books for you to dive into. 

Umbrellas at the ready, here are the best books to check out this month.

The Testaments

By Margaret Attwood 

This amazing read is the sequel to Attwood’s 1985 bestseller (and TV show of the same name) The Handmaid’s Tale. And seriously, it was worth the wait. The Testaments picks up 15 years after the final scene of The Handmaid’s Tale, which saw Offred being bundled into a van, unsure as to whether or not she was being saved by the Mayday resistance or driven to the wall. The sequel is told from the perspective of three women living in Gilead, which sadly still holds its grip on the former America but looks as though it could be starting to crumble.

The Best Kind Of Beautiful

By Frances Whiting 

We love supporting Aussie authors and Brisbane newspaper columnist Frances Whiting is one of the very best. In her latest offering, The Best Kind Of Beautiful, we meet Florence Saint Claire and Albert Flowers. The former is a loner and one-time child star who finds flowers more exciting than real people. The latter is a social butterfly and yet somehow, when they met while working on a community garden project, they click. The best friends think they know everything about one another but secrets soon come to the surface in this witty yet touching Aussie drama.

Gotta Get Theroux This: My Life And Strange Times In Television

By Louis Theroux

In this quirky read, everyone’s favourite doco-maker takes you through his unexpectedly successful career—from his first gig in 1994 on Michael Moore’s TV Nation presenting a segment on apocalyptic religious sects to starting his own series. Filled with his famous self-deprecating humour, go behind the scenes of some of his most intriguing interviews (secretive pro-wrestlers, the violent gangs of Johannesburg for example) and find out how Theroux does it. 

Find Me

By Andre Aciman 

The author of the worldwide bestseller Call Me by Your Name (who also brought us Timothee Chalament in the movie adaption) is back, further exploring his complex characters decades after their first meeting. In Find Me, we follow Elio's father, Samuel, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, who is now a gifted classical pianist. But we know by now that nothing in Aciman’s books ever quite go to plan… a chance encounter on the train turns Samuel's visit on its head and seemingly changes his life forever. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading the beginning of this epic love story, go back to the start and enjoy.

The Starless Sea

By Erin Morgenstern

From the best-selling author of The Night Circus comes this fantastical new read. In The Starless Sea we meet Zachary Rawlins, a graduate student who while working away in his university library uncovers a mysterious book. As he reads he becomes entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities, and nameless acolytes. But things start to get magical when a turn of the page brings Zachary to a story from his own childhood impossibly written in this book that is older than he is.

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