july-reads

July Recommended Reads


A varied selection this month, including a sprinkling of non-fiction. Enjoy. James

Enormous Changes at the Last Minute by Grace Paley

"Paley's short stories carve up and dish out the gnarly slivers of life, often discarded as off cuts to the grander narratives we like to assume we are living. Elderly parents, unwanted children, burdened men and single mothers are her cast trying to survive in a contemporary New York." - Lauren Miller

Enormous Changes at the Last Minute by Grace Paley

The Trespasser by Tana French

"The latest in the Dublin Murder Squad series. It has all the strengths of the earlier books: a sharp, psychological ‘whodunnit’ which features Antoinette Conway as the lead detective faced with solving the death of a beautiful young woman. Exquisitely written with her trademark detail for dialogue and atmosphere, the reader is pulled along, trying to sift the truth as the pressure relentlessly mounts." - Stella Klein

The Trespasser by Tana French

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

"A fantastic, eye-opening book about creative energy, generating ideas and pursuing them to the best of your ability without being held back by everyday fears and failure. Incredibly empowering for writers and other creative people (i.e. artists) and an ideal read if you want some fire and inspiration. I highly recommend everyone to read it over the summer." - Sally Larsen

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Seven Good Years by Etgar Keret

"A set of short memories and musings on the author’s experiences as a writer, son and father. The style is gentle, anecdotal and amusing. The humour is observational but the backdrop of the Arab-Israeli conflict gives depth and poignancy to many of the stories. Reading Keret is like listening to a friend." - Elinor Johns

The Seven Good Years by Etgar Keret

'Ghachar Ghohchar' by Vivek Shanbhag

"A cleanly written fable-like novella charting the shifting fortunes of a family in Bangalore. Scenes of ant infestation, coffee shop escapism and family dinners are carefully selected to build a vivid and lingering family portrait." - Kate Ellis

'Ghachar Ghohchar' by Vivek Shanbhag

The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner

"I never get to read anything in June. This is one of the problems with working in education! But I was recently given a new copy of one of my very favourite books, The Sound and The Fury, and if there's anyone who hasn't already read this, I highly recommend it. This story of a family who fall on hard times after the civil war is actually an examination of consciousness that is so haunting it keeps me coming back again and again." - Melanie Jones

The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner

The 50 Things by Peter Dunne

"Everyone should have a copy of this book in their home. In a non-preachy way, it guides you how to be a better person, live a more complete life and enjoy being you. Written with great humour, sincerity and insight, Peter Dunne has written 50 letters/essays to his children drawing on both personal and wider contemporary examples to demonstrate his views. Dip into it once a week for 50 weeks and you’ll have had a better year." - Alison Hitchcock

The 50 Things by Peter Dunne

Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney

"A compelling and intimate novel about the romantically, intellectually and sexually entwined lives of four friends in Dublin. Sally Rooney's debut is impressive, raw and engaging." Kate Ellis

Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney