You want pacy and compelling reads but ones that leave you feeling a little smarter.
THE IDIOT – ELIF BATUMAN Turkish-American Harvard student navigating life, love and literature.
THE SECRET LIFE – ANDREW O’HAGEN three “elusive” individuals’ lives in this exploration of identity in the age of the dark web.
THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS – ARUNDHATI ROY Set in a world where humans and animals have been “broken by the world we live in and then mended by …
TO BE A MACHINE – MARK O’CONNELL This book looks at the moral implications of turning our bodies into ever evolving machines through AI and other robot technology.
A MAN CALLED OVE – FREDRIK BACKMAN Ove is a curmudgeonly man who strikes up a friendship with two chatty young daughters who move in next-door
THEFT BY FINDING – DAVID SEDARIS A book that’ll have you chuckling through your Piña colada.
SYMPATHY – OLIVIA SUDJIC Sympathy tracks a young woman’s obsession with another, a fixation that is exacerbated by social media.
IRRESISTIBLE – ADAM ATLER Adam Atler investigates our slavish devotion to Instagram, Netflix, Fitbit and email and why we are drawn to technology that promises to make our lives faster and easier – while ignoring the obvious side-effects
SIRENS – JOSEPH KNOX Sirens is a noir triller which follows a junior detective named Aidan Watts. He is sent to track down the 17-year-old daughter of an MP and instead falls in with a drug dealer.