books-august

August Recommended Reads


Still selecting your Summer holiday reading? Here are some suggestions from the MIROnline Team. Enjoy.

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

"Kindred may have been published in 1979 but its themes remain current. Dana leads a normal life with her husband in California, until one day she time travels back to nineteenth century Maryland just in time to save the life of a young boy, Rufus. A black woman trapped in a slave state, Dana has to learn quickly to save her own life." - Louise Hare

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

"This book tells the gripping story of a missionary family arriving in the Congo in 1960. It is a masterpiece in terms of narrative voice. Told through five distinctive characters, the story is both ironic and tragic. The climax occurs two thirds of the way through and the last third serves as an extended, didactic epilogue, but is no less satisfying for that." - Elinor Johns

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Normal People by Sally Rooney

"This deceptively simple novel is about a boy and a girl who meet at school and go to the same university. Told from both perspectives, it details their evolving relationship as power and society shifts between and around them. Full of astute observations and utterly addictive. Rooney writes about intimacy, anxiety and sex brilliantly. Booker Longlisted too." - Kate Ellis

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Sophie Scholl and the White Rose by Annette Dumbach & Jud Newborn

"The story of how Sophie, her brother, Hans, and a small group of friends tried to defy the Nazis. That you know right from the start how the story ends does nothing to diminish the suspense. The bravery of the young Munich students is intensely moving and the book raises the important question of what makes some people stand up to tyranny when most choose an easier path." - James Kennedy

Sophie Scholl and the White Rose by Annette Dumbach & Jud Newborn

Collected Stories by John Cheever

"On my journey through 20th century American Fiction this summer, I am now midway through John Cheever's wonderful collected stories, a 'suburban darkness' of martini-swilling little white men whose quirks and desires and search for meaning bubble just beneath the surface of respectability. The dry humour and lightness of touch in every one of Cheever's stories make for a satisfying read on the commute to work or a soak in the bath." - Stella Klein

Collected Stories by John Cheever

Seaside Special: Postcards From the Edge –  Edited by Jenn Ashworth

"A geographical gem. A collection of short fictions based on the coastline of North West England. Some by established writers, some making their print debut. The collection works its way down the shoreline from the haunting beauty of the Solway Firth to Whitehaven to Morecambe, Blackpool, and Southport. Glimpses of other lives as exhilarating as a rickety rollercoaster ride or as quietly fascinating as a rockpool." - Jupiter Jones

Seaside Special: Postcards From the Edge – Edited by Jenn Ashworth

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

"What if you could live your life over again? Born in 1910, Ursula Todd lives through life after life, a vague sense of déjà vu steering her course in different directions each time. Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2013, this is a fascinating, impeccably researched novel set against the backdrop of some of the most turbulent years of the last century." - Louise Hare

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

"Keiko struggles with being a 'normal human' until she finds a job in a convenience store and is 'reborn' and feels like a functional 'cog' in society. However, when she reaches her mid-thirties, her conventional friends pressure her to make a change to fit in. This is a disturbing, dark and compelling novel about what happens if you don't have the same desires or ambitions as everybody else." - Kate Ellis

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata