MUST READS

MUST READS

THE GOLDEN RULE by Amanda Craig (Abacus £8.99, 400 pp)

THE GOLDEN RULE

by Amanda Craig (Abacus £8.99, 400 pp)

Two women meet on a train to Cornwall. Both are embroiled in bitter divorces, but their circumstances are starkly different. Hannah’s rich ex, Jake, refuses to support her or their six-year-old daughter, Maisy, so she is forced to work as a cleaner while Jake takes holidays with his new lover.

Wealthy Jinni’s husband, Con, treats her ‘like trash’, because cancer has left her unable to have children.

As their train clatters towards Penzance, Jinni makes a proposal: what if they made a pact to murder each other’s husbands?

When Hannah meets Jinni’s ex at his Cornish mansion, her first impression, of a terrifying giant, begins to change.

With a plot that combines Hitchcockian suspense with fairy tale romance in a glorious Cornish setting, The Golden Rule is a delicious summertime read.

BECAUSE OF YOU

by Dawn French (Penguin £8.99, 416 pp)

In a London hospital at the turn of the millennium, Isaac and Hope are overjoyed about their unexpected baby.

Politician Julius sees his first child with wife, Anna, as an image-boosting photo opportunity.

For both couples, the night will end in tragedy. Seventeen years later, the secret link between them will come to light.

Dawn French’s best- selling fourth novel explores the contradictions of parenthood.

Can love ever justify an unforgivable action? And if you suddenly discover that everything you believed about your family is untrue, are you still the same person?

Heartbreaking but redemptive, and lightened by French’s trademark humour, this is a compelling read that will keep you poised between laughter and tears.

BRITISH SUMMER TIME BEGINS by Ysenda Maxtone Graham (Abacus £9.99, 352 pp)

BRITISH SUMMER TIME BEGINS

by Ysenda Maxtone Graham (Abacus £9.99, 352 pp)

Walking out of the school gates on the last day of the summer term, children used to feel as though they were stepping into infinity.

But before the internet, video games and foreign holidays, what did children do for entertainment?

In her entrancing history of summer holidays, from 1930 to 1980, Ysenda Maxtone Graham finds that the answer is often ‘not very much’. But what made those summers marvellous was the almost total absence of grown-ups.

Interviewees from Dennis Skinner to Jilly Cooper recall days spent roaming free, with no rules beyond having to be home in time for tea.

Blissfully nostalgic, this is a glorious celebration of chilly beaches, dipping for minnows and the superpower of imagination. 

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