Get inspired with our 2019 Summer Reading List
Are you sitting comfortably? Here’s our annual pick of the best books to read over the coming months.
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From a murder investigation in 1920s Berlin to a story of lost love in Suffolk – our latest literary list has something for everyone.
Whether it’s a quick read or six-book saga, there’s nothing like losing yourself in a good story. Everything around you fades away and time takes a back seat as your imagination brings the words bounding off the page. You don’t just read a book; you join forces with it to create an immersive experience that’s unique to you. Before you know it you’re commanding armies, falling in love or solving a crime. Not a bad way to pass the time.
And with summer fast approaching, you may be thinking about which novels to join forces with while enjoying the sunshine. The good news is that, be it a beach book, staycation story or picnic page-turner, we’ve got a reading recommendation for you.
Our fourth annual Summer Reading List features nine riveting reads. They were selected by our staff and written by some of today’s most celebrated authors, including a hotly-tipped debut novelist and ‘the greatest storyteller of all time’.
So bookmarks at the ready – here’s this year’s selection.
The Second Worst Restaurant in France by Alexander McCall Smith
Paul Stewart is in Scotland pursuing his successful career as a food writer. His agent and girlfriend, Gloria, has arranged for him to write The Philosophy of Food in Six Easy Chapters – a project he relishes but that has to be delivered in six months. It is not going well, as Paul finds his domestic circumstances unsuited to concentrated hard work: Gloria has now moved in with him (not specifically invited) and has brought with her two extremely vocal and demanding Siamese cats.
Beginning to worry that The Philosophy of Food will never be written, Paul calls on the aid of his cousin, Chloe, who suggests a radical course of action…
Around the World in 80 Days by Mark BeaumonT
The Parisian by Isabella Hammad
Metropolis by Philip Kerr
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Solitaire by Jane Thynne
The Butterfly Room by Lucinda Riley
About Our Summer Reading List
Every year Coutts works to curate a reading list that represents the best of suggestions from across the Bank, shortlisted with great care to bring to clients the upper echelon of interest and intrigue.Explore Our List From Last Year