Grab a cup of tea and let us guide you to the best books due out this summer.
Half a World Away
Hodder & Stoughton, £12.99.
Mike Gayle cranks up the emotions in this tale of single mum Kerry Hayes who is struggling to make ends meet cleaning houses she could never hope to afford. Looking for a way out, she contacts the brother she was separated from as a child. Noah is now a successful barrister and the arrival of his sister into his apparently perfect life sets in a motion a chain of life-changing events.
Inspired, at least in part, by the #MeToo movement, Sloane, Ardie, Grace and Rosalita have worked in the same legal office for years. Their boss Ames is poised to take over the company, but with rumours growing about his treatment of women, the four decide enough is enough. As lies are uncovered and secrets are exposed, it soon becomes clear that not everyone will survive.
Bowie by O’Neill: The Definitive Collection
Cassell, £40, out August 8th.
Thought you’d seen every photo of David Bowie there was to see? Think again. Photographer Terry O’Neill’s creative partnership with the iconic singer spanned a number of years and this book features a number of rare and never before seen images, from the last Ziggy Stardust performance to recording sessions for Young Americans and the renowned Diamond Dogs studio portraits.
The Dirty Dozen
Lynda La Plante
Zaffre, £18.99, out August 22nd.
There are few greater fictional detectives than the hard-living Jane Tennison. It’s more than 25 years since she was immortalised on TV by Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect, but Lynda La Plante’s writing has just got better with age. In this latest instalment, Tennison is posted to the Met’s renowned Flying Squad to bring down a gang planning a multi-million-pound robbery and tame a group of cops known as the Dirty Dozen.
Perfect Sound Whatever
Headline, £20, out August 22nd.
A couple of years ago, stand-up James Acaster woke up in a New York hotel room heartbroken over the end of a relationship, bruised from a series of disastrous meetings and contemplating giving up comedy altogether. Finding solace in music, he decided to only listen to tracks released in 2016. By the end of the year he had 500 new albums and a very different perspective on life. Brilliant stuff from the panel show regular.
Bloomsbury Circus, £16.99, August 22nd.
Yorkshire-based author Ben Myers has been prolific recently and this novel is one of his best to date. Following the Second World War, Robert Appleyard sets out to explore what lays beyond the boundaries of the Durham mining village where he has grown up. At Robin Hood’s Bay he meets the eccentric Dulcie and in her ramshackle cottage looking out to sea an unlikely friendship forms.