Top Reads for the Summer of 2015! – Lavender Hill Clothing

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Top Reads for the Summer of 2015!

Posted on 21 July 2015

Summer has very much arrived here in London and we are all starting to think about holidays and what to pack. Most people think about clothing and accessories however for us a vital component is the perfect summer read. See below for our top ten books: 

1. "Uncanny Reader edited by Marjorie Sandor (£14.99, is a collection of riveting stories of hauntedness and horror."—Joyce Carol Oates, author of Lovely, Dark, Deep

2. "Atticus Lish's Preparation for the Next Life (£11.99, is a love story with such high stakes that it makes other contemporary novels seems like—well, novels. An illegal Uighur immigrant from China meets an Iraq veteran , and for the rest of the novel I pled telepathically with the author to make it come out right for them. I can't think of any novelist who inhabits his characters more completely, or makes us care so passionately about what's going to happen to them." —Nell Freudenberger, author of The Newlyweds


3. "The book that's carrying me to summer is the excellent, sad, exhilarating Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (£8.66, When I read as the sun comes up, I can feel the perfect loneliness at the heart of a disaster, the person thrown into immediate understanding of his mortality. In perfect tandem, the book conveys the sadness and even buoyant joy of saying goodbye to this beautiful world. All that lyricism is bound up in a really suspenseful story—part thriller, part elegy for the lost world." —Rebecca Lee, author of Bobcat and Other Stories


4. "The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman (£8.51, is a 2010 novel about an English-language newspaper in Rome and the people who work there over the years. It's a wonderful book with outsized, memorable characters whom we bump up against and then perhaps lose sight of—just the way we do with people in real life. It's moving and funny and knowing and true."—Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings


5. "Reading Alice Munro's The Beggar Maid (£7.91,, originally published in 1979, is like going to the Sierras a century after the gold rush and stumbling right onto a mother lode. It's thrilling. The stories follow two very fierce, funny, and troublemaking women, Flo and her stepdaughter Rose, and they're startling and beautiful and unruly, studded throughout with Munro's observations on their inner lives, which are so penetrating it sometimes feels she might be reading one's own mind."—Susan Choi, author of My Education


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