Three of our reviewers reveal their top choices for novels to read over the summer coming! Do you agree with their choices? First in our line up is:
A Fraction of the Whole – Steve Toltz
At the heart of A Fraction of the Whole is the story of a father and a son: Martin and Jasper Dean, two very relatable, very fun, narrators who keep us entertained throughout this touching, coming-of-age journey. Setting the novel in his home country, the Aussie-born Steve Toltz leads me to believe more and more that Australia is a land of crazy men. The story is totally wild, mischievous, farfetched, and yet unexpectedly wise. If you’re looking for an easy read without compensating on the quality of writing, you won’t be able to put this one down.
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
Every summer needs a swashbuckler, and my favourite is without a doubt The Count of Monte Cristo. Young, idealistic Edmond Dantès is engaged to the beautiful Mercédès, but before they can marry Edmond is tragically imprisoned in the infamous Château d’If. For both the girls and the guys this ticks all the boxes: romance, revenge, pirates, money, a perilous fortress and plenty of gratuitous sword fights. And behind all the adventure, it’s a story about love, loss, growing up and learning to let go. As a time-tested classic, this one will never get old. A perfect summer read.
Persuasion – Jane Austen
If you want to find Austen’s greatest novel, you should try a little Persuasion. The only book I’ve read that’s set years after its central romance; it tells a most warming, satisfying story. Anne Elliot, once engaged to the handsome Wentworth, is confronted again eight years later with her life’s most painful regret. Austen was older, her heroine was older, but age here takes nothing away from the wit and vivacity that makes this writer Britain’s all-time favourite. Easy to read as always, fun and full of emotion, this is a must-have for your lazy summer evenings.
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