July 27, 2023

Best-sellers for summer

From spy-thrillers to kid’s fiction, Word on the Street, Ashtead recommends getting stuck into these summer must-reads…

Shrines of Gaiety

by Kate Atkinson

A witty romp through the streets of 1920s London.  With its larger-than-life characters – Nellie Coker, mother and ruthless owner of the gaudiest of clubs in Soho and DCI Frobisher – a mystery unravels amidst the dark, bohemian underbelly where it’s all too easy to become lost.

Why Women Grow

by Alice Vincent 

Understanding what encourages women to work the soil, to plant and nurture – when many other responsibilities sit on their shoulders – this book looks at why women are drawn to the earth and how this opens conversations on grief, power and identity.

Damascus Station

by David McCloskey 

An authentic spy thriller written by former CIA analyst, David McCloskey. This debut novel is for those who enjoy a gripping, well-written page-turner – it’s been flying off the shelves since its release.  Set against the nightmare of the Syrian civil war, this is a tale of espionage, love, loyalty – and betrayal.

Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt – The Seven Sisters

by Lucinda Riley 

This long-awaited story draws Lucinda Riley’s series to a stunning and unforgettable conclusion. Co-authored by her son, Harry Whittaker, this international best-seller is a captivating read.


by M.G. Leonard 

The third in the well-loved best-selling ‘The Twitchers’ series. This wonderful adventure is steeped in the magic of nature and friendship. Set in Aves Wood, it explores a mystery involving stolen nests, an egg thief and a loyal gang of bird-watching detectives.

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