4 books for your handbag this summer

Skios

British comedian and author Michael Frayn has written “Skios”, a rollicking and sly farce set at a private resort on Skios, located in the Greek Isles. As with most farces, the characters are usually not who they say they are. And the situations they get into are not plausible. But there’s something about a funny book full of people who you would not want to meet – if you were drunk or sober – that makes even the grumpiest reader want to know what happens and to whom it happens.

Skios

Dear Lupin

Nostalgic, witty and filled with characters and situations that people of all ages will recognise, Dear Lupin is the entire correspondence of a Father to his only son, spanning nearly 25 years. Roger Mortimer’s sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching, always generous letters to his son are packed with anecdotes and sharp observations, with a unique analogy for each and every scrape Charlie Mortimer got himself into. The trials and tribulations of his youth and early adulthood are received by his father with humour, understanding and a touch of resignation, making them the perfect reminder of when letters were common, but always special.

Dear Lupin

Star Island

Twenty-two-year-old pop star Cherry Pye is attempting a comeback from her latest drug-fuelled disaster. Her ‘stunt double’ Ann travels everywhere with her, throwing paparazzi off the scent when they get too close. But one night, Ann’s resemblance to Cherry Pye proves too convincing – she is kidnapped by an obsessed paparazzo who only realises his mistake once it is too late to go back…From there it’s a fast, funny and furious race against time to rescue Ann from a terrible fate. An international bestseller, acclaimed as Hiaasen’s most hilarious, gripping novel to date, Star Island is an addictive read.

Star Island

The Stranger’s Child

The Sunday Times Novel of the Year ‘With The Stranger’s Child, an already remarkable talent unfurls into something spectacular’ Sunday Times In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge friend Cecil Valance, a charismatic young poet, to visit his family home. Filled with intimacies and confusions, the weekend will link the families for ever, having the most lasting impact on George’s sixteen-year-old sister Daphne. As the decades pass, Daphne and those around her endure startling changes in fortune and circumstance, reputations rise and fall, secrets are revealed and hidden and the events of that long-ago summer become part of a legendary story, told and interpreted in different ways by successive generations. Powerful, absorbing and richly comic, The Stranger’s Child is a masterly exploration of English culture, taste and attitudes over a century of change. ‘I would compare the novel to Middlemarch . . . a remarkable, unmissable achievement’ Independent ‘Magnificent . . . universally acclaimed as the best novel of the year’ Philip Hensher

The Stranger’s Child

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