Ten books to keep you reading this summer

Sizzling summer 2017 reads, from Trevor Noah's tales of apartheid South Africa to The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Ten books to keep you reading this summer

1. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Get some research in ahead of Noah’s appearance in Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island this November. Now an internationally acclaimed comedian and host of US satirical news programme The Daily Show, this memoir tells the funny and heart-breaking story of growing up as a child born to mixed-race parents in apartheid South Africa. Dhs65. Ebooks.com.

2. Camino Island by John Grisham

The king of the courtroom drama returns with this suspense thriller. A gang of thieves steal an array of priceless artefacts from Princeton University. Dhs98. Ebooks.com.

3. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

From the author of the phenomenally successful Girl on the Train comes this psychological thriller. In it, Nel calls her sister Jules in a last-ditch cry for help. But Jules doesn’t answer and Nel ends up dead. The authorities say she jumped, but Jules knows she’d never do that and has to go back home to try and uncover the truth. Gripping. Dhs59. Ebooks.com.

4. South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion

This new book from the master of literary journalism, Didion, traces a road trip she took with her husband. The writer always kept notebooks of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews and drafts, and they have been complied to tell the story of changing US cultures. Dhs78. Ebooks.com.

5. The Shark Club by Anne Kidd Taylor

This summer read is a story of love and how it structures our life. It’s set against the Gulf of Mexico and focuses on a girl who is bitten by a shark, and grows up to be a globetrotting marine biologist. What will her return home to Florida bring her? Dhs70. Ebooks.com

6. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Sunday Times bestseller is an uplifting thriller (if there is such a thing) set in an Essex village in the 1890s. A monstrous sea creature skulks in the estuary. It’s full of interesting ideas, and tackles big topics such as love, life and beliefs. Dhs30. Ebooks.com.

7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Now a top seller following the success of the TV show, this dystopian fiction is set in a totalitarian future, where there are environmental disasters and women are property of the state. Perhaps it touches a nerve right now, we can’t think why... Dhs52. Ebooks.com.

8. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

Roy’s last novel, The God of Small Things, came out 20 years ago, winning the Booker prize and selling more than eight million copies. So this book, which threads together narratives over the last 20 years of Indian history, has been eagerly awaited by lovers of her fiction, and, according to critics, they will not be disappointed. Dhs80. Ebooks.com.

9. The Silent corner by Dean Koontz

Thrill master Koontz introduces a new character in Jane Hawk, who tries everything to find out why her husband took his own life. It’s a tale full of suspense as Hawk succumbs to paranoia during her increasingly frantic investigation. Dhs103. Ebooks.com.

10. Theft by Finding Diaries by David Sedaris

Witty and sharp essayist Sedaris shares in this book the secrets, thoughts, gossip, and the inner workings of his mind as collected over 40 years of keeping a personal diary. It promises a good summer giggle. Dhs92. Ebooks.com.

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