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Flat white or Frappuccino? Your guide to June's books.

October 19th 2021

Certain books just go with certain drinks. Austen? Early Grey tea please. Ian Fleming? Dry martini. Murder on Mustique? Bottomless mimosas, darling.

This June, As our books venture outside with us on picnics and into parks under the British summer sun (it’s got to get sunny at some point, right?), we’re considering which beverage you need to pack to accompany it. Get the flasks, wine coolers and cocktail shakers ready.

I Know What I Saw by Imran Mahmood

A tense literary thriller with a daring concept at its heart. Xander Shute, our protagonist, steps into a house and witnesses a murder – or at least he thinks he does. But can our minds play tricks on us? And do we really understand what’s going on when we see something?

Recommendation:

Black coffee, lots of it. Possibly even double espressos – you’re going to be up all night reading this one.

Moth by Melody Razak

1946, Delhi. Partition looms and a family of women are about to be tested to their very limit.

Recommendation:

Steaming cups of aromatic chai. Don’t dare make it on anything other than a stove, with heaps of sugar and loads of cardamom. Breathe in the steam and the atmosphere of this richly evocative and transporting book.

Still Life by Sarah Winman

An unlikely wartime story set in Tuscany, featuring Ulysses Temper, a British soldier; and Evelyn Skinner, sexagenarian art historian and possible spy, abroad reminiscing about meeting E M Forster, and an affair with an Italian maid.

Recommendation:

Ohh the options with this one. A pint propped up at an East End pub? Possibly, but we’ll take a full-bodied organic red fresh from the Tuscan hills.

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

A story of immigrant life, addiction and America’s dark past.

Recommendation:

Tricky; a story about addiction and the power of drugs might turn you off stimulants all together. Maybe reach for that alcohol-free beer or Juke’s cordialite?

Assembly by Natasha Brown

A blistering, fearless and unforgettable literary debut. This Black British woman has done all the right things. She’s been civil, got an education, bought a flat. She’s even on the way to attend a lavish garden party at her boyfriend’s family estate. But is it time to disassemble all these pieces of her life? To take control, even at the cost of living?

Recommendation:

Champers darling, lots of it. Drunk ironically, of course and with a disdain for those whose lives allow them to drink it like water. Remember to stick your pinky out.

How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right? Pandora Sykes

Modern life is full of choices - but how do we know we're making the right ones? Why, in our attempts to make life easier, do we often make it harder?


Recommendation:

Millennials are thought only to drink soy lattes and frappuccinos so maybe you should plump for that. Then again, what with all the confusion and pressures of modern life, you might find yourself reaching for the dregs of that chilled white in the fridge door…

Whichever book you choose this June, we hope you love it just as much as we have.

Happy reading!

Vicki & The LoveMyRead Team x

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