Bring on the books: best summer reads 2017
span class="contextualExtensionHighlight ms-font-color-themePrimary ms-border-color-themePrimary ident_52_192">Whether you’re arming yourself for weeks on the beach or planning lazy lunch hours in the park, sunny days call for a reading list overhaul. Forget those titles gathering dust on your bedside table and revive your ‘to read’ list with the best new books summer 2017 has to offer.
We’ve read our way through this year’s releases to compile a list of 12 books not to miss. There’s pacy crime, feel-good romance and enough literary clout to spark the interest of the Booker Prize panel.
Click through our slide show of the best new books to revive your reading list.
Enigmatic hero, doomed romance, extraordinary adventures through history: Matt Haig’s new book has all the trappings of a summer blockbuster - and then some.
Film rights for How to Stop Time have already been snapped up and megastar Benedict Cumberbatch is confirmed to play Tom Hazard, a seemingly normal 41-year-old man who has been alive since the Elizabethan era.
With a story that takes you from Medieval witch hunts, through Shakespeare’s Globe, Jazz-era Paris, via shotgun showdowns in the Australian outback and back to modern-day London again, it’s packed with the kind of easy, page-turning action to distract from cramped, clammy cabin conditions and make long-haul flights (or sweaty commutes) fly by. And, as ever with Matt Haig, there’s plenty of heart, too.