Our 2020 Summer Reading List
Brilliant books, raucous reads and super stories – where will you begin?
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There is nothing quite like the joy of finding a good, new book. This is even truer at the moment , as we do our best to stay at home and keep safe.
For that reason, we are delighted to release the 2020 Summer Reading List earlier than usual. It features 12 books which we think will entertain, enthral, enlighten and educate. The perfect antidote to today’s everyday challenges.
You will be aware that Adam & Company has been actively engaged with the arts and literature since our foundation. It is for that reason that we like to be involved with a number of cultural events and festivals, and it is why we are delighted to release our personal book recommendations to you.
We hope you love the 2020 Summer Reading List as much as we do, and we can’t wait to hear which books you loved the most.
A brilliant story for the whole family, whether in lockdown or not.
Ideal for foodies and anyone looking for some tasty escapism this summer.
Award-winning adult fiction that deals with big issues.
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A powerful story of love and loss. Obama raved about it – need we say more?
Winner of the last Women’s Prize for Fiction award, this is a story which delves deep into the American Dream. More specifically, into the fallout as that dream is shattered for one married couple. When the male protagonist, Roy, is falsely accused and sentenced for a crime he didn’t commit, it smashes his marriage to Celeste into pieces, leaving her facing some tough life choices. This will pull at the heart strings, and has a big ending that you’ll remember for a long time to come.
A novel that’s been described as ‘gripping and sinister’. Brace for the unexpected…
In the aftermath of a fatal car crash, the guilt-wrecked driver seeks out his victim’s wife. But – there’s always a but with these type of nerve-testing books isn’t there?! – will his efforts to ease his conscience go too far? Drama, tension and every possibility you’ll find it hard to put down. Maybe don’t read it alone late at night!
It’s ‘Nordic noir’ with a difference, by the author of the popular No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books.
Offering an irresistible combination: An environmental message for kids and profits to charity
If historical detective is your genre of choice, then we’ve got a treat for you...
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We already loved Axel Scheffler and then he went and illustrated this amazing book.
Designed for young children (5-9 years old), the book is free for anyone to read on screen or print out, and focuses on the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. And it’s seriously credible, with experts like Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acting as a consultant. The publisher also took advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist. It’s the ideal way of explaining today’s complex problems, in a simple and sensitive manner. Bravo to the team behind it.
Teenage fiction with adventure, revolution and you guessed it…wolves!
Feodora and her mother live in Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Feodora's mother is a wolf wilder, Feo is a wolf wilder in training , which makes them both the opposite of animal tamers – they teach animals to fend for themselves, to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans. When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. She learns to stand up for the things she loves and to fight back.
Has there been a better time to focus on our happiness and wellbeing?
Sir Anthony Seldon could be described as an early trailblazer in the area of wellbeing, having famously introduced happiness, or well-being, lessons when headmaster of Wellington College. Fast-forward to today and his thought-provoking book distinguishes between pleasure, happiness and joy. It also offers an original 8-step approach on how to make our lives far more meaningful and rewarding. With 2020 being the year of the lockdown, this is a very relevant and rewarding read.
Espionage aplenty with a truly international flavour
A fast-paced spy thriller playing on the historical tensions between the UK and Russia. When a stand-in teacher first locks eyes on the wife of a top Russian spy target, the scene is set for a nail-biting race to uncover the truth, after she’s attacked. Prepare to go on a breathless and exhilarating trip across Istanbul, London, and Venice.
We hope you have seen at least one book on our list that you will love reading. Take care this summer and we look forward to seeing you again soon.