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Summer Reading List

The team at A Little Bird share the books at the top of their reading list this summer:

Francesca Martin finds David Sedaris as funny as ever in his new book, Calypso 

I recently bought the latest David Sedaris book, Calypso and can report that Sedaris is still one of the funniest writers I’ve read. Made up of a series of short stories, Sedaris manages to make every day occurrences laugh out loud funny. Drawing heavily on family encounters, there is pathos here too.  A heavenly, holiday read. £16.99 amazon.co.uk

Charity Crewe reviews Sofka Zinoviesff’s latest novel, Putney, published on 12 July

Sofka Zinovieff has written several non-fiction books, including The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me about her family’s unorthodox relationships, and is publishing her second novel, Putney, on 12 July. This provocative, brave, disturbing and riveting novel is about a relationship between a young girl and much older family friend. Told from the perspective of three characters – Daphne, a wild beauty now in her fifties, her former lover Ralph, a famous composer now in his seventies, and Jane, Daphne’s childhood friend – it brilliantly explores the fine line between abuse and consent and the seductive but often destructive nature of bohemian parenting. £14.99 bloomsbury.com

Clare Coulson is loving the new Honey and Co: At Home – Middle Eastern Recipes from our Kitchen by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich 

I’ve just got the new Honey & Co At Home book which is brilliant. I was making mental notes as soon as I opened it. It’s a more relaxed/less fiddly version of their cooking – food for friends, suppers at deux etc – but still with all the Levant/Middle East influence. It’s also the perfect summer holiday cook book. It’s beautifully shot and written so it’s become my evening garden reading. £26 pavilionbooks.com.

Daisy Allsup is lining up The Beautiful Summer by Cesare Pavese

I’m going to the Ligurian coast later this summer and I’m packing this novella to take with me. Having adored Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, this precedent from the late Italian writer, Cesare Pavese whisks you to the height of summer in 1930’s Italy where sixteen-year-old Ginia falls for Guido, an enigmatic young painter. Award-winning when it was originally published in 1950, the book has been re-released this summer by Penguin. £7.99 amazon.co.uk

Emily Streatfeild-Moore is getting round to reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Late to the party on this, I am now completely hooked on Eleanor Oliphant. Heartbreaking one moment and hilariously funny the next, anyone who is yet to read this really should. £8.99 amazon.co.uk

Rosie Arkell-Palmer is currently reading Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter

I am in the middle of Angela Carter’s Nights at the Circus which I would highly recommend to any fans of magical realism. Immersed in the dreamy world of the turn-of-the-century circus, follow Sophie Fevers, muse to Toulouse-Lautrec and trapeze artist (who also happens to be part swan) on her tour through London, St Petersburg and Siberia. £8.99 amazon.co.uk

Annie Reid recommends An American Marriage by Tayari Jones 

I would thoroughly recommend this book that’s basically a story about how complicated and messy a marriage can be and what marriage means today – in America but equally it translates to UK. It’s a quietly powerful read; I can’t stop thinking about the exquisitely depicted characters. £14.99 www.amazon.co.uk

Chiara Allsup is cooking from How to Eat a Peach: Menus, Stories and Places 

I have a thing for reading recipe books in bed. The Summer chapter of Diana Henry’s How to Eat a Peach has me dreaming of holidays to come, particularly her recipe for almond tart that takes me straight to Provence. Plus, the name of the book is enchanting – who could resist following the suggestion of slicing a peach into a glass of pudding wine, and drinking the delicious infusion? £25 octopusbooks.co.uk

— Daisy Allsup
4th July 2018