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Fallen out of the habit of reading? These unputdownable picks will get you back into the groove

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Authors Lucy Foley and Sally Rooney feature in our list of best summer reads

Authors Lucy Foley and Sally Rooney feature in our list of best summer reads

Meghan Markle features in Tina Brown’s The Palace Papers

Meghan Markle features in Tina Brown’s The Palace Papers

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Authors Lucy Foley and Sally Rooney feature in our list of best summer reads

Growing up, many of us were voracious readers. Yet it’s easy to fall out of the habit, particularly in our always-on world, where instead of losing ourselves in the pages of a book, we get lost in endless social media scrolls, group chats or streaming content. Holidays are an optimum time to get back into reading, yet choosing the wrong title can set you back even further, and make reading feel like a chore. Here, we round up 20 beach reads you won’t want to put down. 1. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty The Australian author of Big Little Lies is known for writing novels as binge-worthy as the best box-sets. This one tells the stories of three seemingly unconnected women, including Cecilia, who finds a letter from her husband of 15 years — still very much alive — marked “to be opened in the event of my death”.

2. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
In the 1990s, artist Mia and her teenage daughter Pearl rent a home in the suburbs from Elena Richardson, a wealthy homemaker and mother to four picture-perfect children. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle divides the two households, raising fascinating questions about motherhood, race and class.
 


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