Like the Starks of Winterfell, Winter is coming - oh, who am I kidding, Winter is here. And it feels like it won't relent. Good thing we have books aplenty to keep us busy beneath the sheets, unless you've just started the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. First came Ben Elton's Two Brothers (March); then the impressive Maggie O'Farrell's Instructions for a Heatwave (April); our very own Local is Lekker Lauren Beukes' The Shining Girls (May); and the evocative fiction novel from Khaled Hosseini And the Mountains Echoed (June).
Now we have the July selection:
Maya’s Notebook, the latest must-read from one of the world’s most popular authors. The protagonist is a 19 year-old-girl who grows up in Berkeley, California and falls into a life of drug addiction and crime.
Confessions Of A Sociopath by M.E. Thomas is a fascinating look into sociopathic behaviour, as written by a sociopath. The author is a non-criminal sociopath - charismatic, ambitious and successful.
The Hope Factory by Lavanya Sankaran is a remarkable first novel about modern India that weaves together a rich tapestry of expected social behaviour, ambition, greed and love.
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo features a daring child narrator called Darling. She and her friends live in a shantytown in Zimbabwe known as Paradise, which of course is no such thing. It isn't all bad though.
Lionel Shriver’s new book Big Brother characteristically tackles a controversial issue that is becoming the biggest health problem affecting Western society – excessive weight gain.
And the Winner for July is...
Maya's Notebook by Isabelle Allende
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