The Best Books Of June Are All Right Here

It was touch and go for a while there but summer has finally – finally – arrived. As you're compiling your perfect holiday wardrobe, figuring out how to squeeze your cleanser, toner, moisturiser and sunscreen into your carry-on, and pondering whether you can really pull off those cat-eye sunglasses everyone seems to be wearing, give some thought to your reading matter.
Tara Isabella Burton's gripping debut Social Creature has been described as a cross between The Talented Mr Ripley and The Secret History – a poolside page-turner if ever we heard one – while at the other end of the spectrum, Rachel Kushner dives into the American prison system in The Mars Room. There's a hugely anticipated memoir from poet, model and LGBTQ activist Yrsa Daley-Ward, and Meg Wolitzer's engrossing and characterful The Female Persuasion. Whether you're after intelligent escapism, a lyrical coming-of-age tale or something in between, this month's new releases have you covered.

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