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Waterstones Gower Street booksellers’ reading recommendations for summer 2017

Nine booksellers tell us what we should be reading right now

Waterstones bookseller Lucy Blake

Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag

“An absolutely sublime novella about the corrupting influence of money on a Bangalore family. I read it in one sitting and after I finished I just had to sit there for a few minutes trying to compose myself. A quick and subtle read that leads to a chilling and unforgettable climax.” - Lucy Blake

Buy Ghachar Ghochar here

Waterstones Bookseller Bridie Sheppard

The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girls is set over a long, hot summer in California, 1969. Lonely teenager Evie falls in with a bohemian crowd of drifters and hippies, but all isn’t quite as it seems. Based on Charles Manson’s infamous cult, this is an essential summer read.” - Bridie Sheppard

Buy The Girls here

Waterstones bookseller Freddie Ruddock

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

“On the day her son is born an environmental crisis hits London which forces the narrator and her husband, R, to leave the city and seek refuge. This is a story of survival and resilience and the question of home. Hunter builds a gorgeous portrait of motherhood which is relevant to so much of our breaking world. The poetry of it is elegant and never overdone, it bleeds hope onto every page.” - Freddie Ruddock

Buy The End We Start From here

Waterstones bookseller Simon Lewis

Madonna in A Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali

“A Turkish man in 1920s Berlin and his doomed love affair with an artist he meets there. This is a gorgeous tale of heartache and euphoria sure to stick with you.” - Simon Lewis

Buy Madonna in A Fur Coat here

Waterstones bookseller Elizabeth Morris

Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic

“A seductive, deeply compelling novel about intimacy and obsession in the age of Instagram, Sympathy tells the story of young woman, newly arrived in New York, who becomes infatuated with a female Japanese writer she discovers online. Poetic and unsettling, this book really got under my skin. One of the most accomplished debuts I’ve read this year!” - Elizabeth Morris

Buy Sympathy here

Waterstones Bookseller Alice Slater

Attrib. and Other Stories by Eley Williams

“Attrib. and Other Stories is a playful collection from debut author Eley Williams.Williams has a completely unique voice and explores language with a quirky, intelligent hand. These stories are impulsive, darkly comic and utterly compelling.” - Alice Slater

Buy Attrib. and Other Stories here

Waterstones bookseller Alex Clements

Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life by Peter Godfrey-Smith

“This book didn’t just make me think about octopuses differently, it made me think differently about what it is to be a conscious being. In 200 pages and change it covers everything from the evolutionary reason for death to the psychology of language and much more in between. Every sentence builds upon the last, each clearly written with a scientist’s rigour, a philosopher’s logic, and a poet’s soul.” - Alex Clements

Buy Other Minds here

Waterstones bookseller Mark Banting

The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington

“92-year old Marian Leatherby might have been sent off to a strangely sinister retirement home by her family, but her curiosity, wisdom and sense of adventure opens a new world. Time, space and institutional normality collapse as the elderly sorority of residents reclaim their lives through mystery and magic. Written in the early 1960s, The Hearing Trumpet is a rich and liberating vision of a book by renowned Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington.” - Mark Banting

Buy The Hearing Trumpet here 

Waterstones Bookseller

The Power by Naomi Alderman

“Naomi Alderman has produced an absolutely wonderful story, following the developments of a world where the tables of gender inequality flip almost overnight. It’s thrilling in every respect, and I found it as eye-opening as Laura Bates’s Everyday Sexism. Not to be missed.” - James Lawson-May

Buy The Power here

Waterstones Gower Street will be providing books to the Emerald Street Literary Festival on June 10, where Naomi Alderman will be speaking as part of a Baileys Prize panel, amongst many of Emerald Street’s favourite authors.

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