Grab a cup of tea and let us guide you to the best books due out this summer.
MORTIMER AND WHITEHOUSE GONE FISHING
BOB MORTIMER & PAUL WHITEHOUSE
Blink Publishing, £18.99, out May 30th
A spot of fishing seemed an unlikely basis for a hit TV show. However, there was something lovely and warm about watching Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse in their waders ruminating on just how they had got so old. Now comes the book, which much like the series is a love letter both to the joy of the catch and having a good time with old mates.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HARRY
Ebury Press, £20, out May 30th
Will this win any of this year’s big literary prizes? No, but it’s our tip for the big seller of the summer. Thanks to his appearance in last year’s I’m a Celebrity, the former football manager’s stock has never been higher. Here he shares his thoughts on the importance of not forgetting your roots, what makes for good team spirit and, of course, the art of the perfect roly poly.
Doubleday, £20, out June 18th
Atkinson’s latest offering in the Jackson Brodie series sees the private investigator living in a quiet Yorkshire seaside village with his teenage son Nathan and ageing Labrador Dido. It all seems faintly idyllic, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff edge leads Brodie into a sinister underworld network and forces him to confront his own past. Page turning stuff as usual.
William Heinemann, £20
It’s 11 years since The Silence of the Lambs author’s last book, but Cari Mora was definitely worth the wait. According to rumours, gold worth $25m is hidden under a Miami Beach mansion and Hans-Peter Schneider is determined to get his hands on it. However, it soon becomes clear that the property’s young caretaker maybe his unlikely nemesis.
Hodder & Stoughton, £20, out July 11th
Definite beach reading material from the One Day author. This bittersweet and brilliantly funny coming-of-age tale is told over one life-changing summer when 16 year old Charlie meets Fran. Exploring with genuine tenderness what it means to fall in love for the first time, this book is an out and out thing of beauty.
THE WHISPER MAN
Michael Joseph, £12.99, out June 13th
It’s already been dubbed the thriller of the decade, so probably best not to read when you’re home alone. Recently widowed, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to the sleepy village of Featherbank. Fifteen years earlier, this quiet spot was where a serial killer known as the Whisper Man murdered five young boys. He was eventually caught, but now another boy has gone missing and Jake swears he hears a whispering at his window.