When it comes to winding down, there’s nothing like an engrossing page-turner. Escape from daily life by putting down your devices and picking up a good book — here are four we have on our radar at the moment.
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
In his first novel since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, Ishiguro tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend who observes the behaviour of customers from her place in a store and holds out hope that one day she will be picked. An emotional tour de force that asks what it means to be loved.
Milk Fed by Melissa Broder
Food, sex and God combine in this riotously funny, erotic and irreverent novel about the journey of a woman who counts calories religiously. A tender tale at its heart, the story unfolds after embarking on a detox unveils her true appetites.
Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler
Delving into ideas of community, relationships and gaslighting online, this sharp, funny novel (the author’s debut) follows a woman who discovers her boyfriend to secretly be an internet conspiracy theorist, a revelation that gives rise to a series of bizarre twists and calls contemporary culture into question.
We Run The Tides by Vendela Vida
Both a suspenseful mystery and a tribute to youth, this novel takes a poignant look at female friendship. Best friends Eulabee and Maria Fabiola ‘run’ their small seaside town until becoming witnesses to a horrible act changes the course of their relationship.