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The best books to read for summer 2021

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From Nobel-winning greats and pacey thrillers to memoirs and historical novels, Times Radio's Stig Abell returns to the podcast for our guide to the best reads for the beach.

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Books recommended in this episode:


1) The Sleeping Beauties And Other Stories of Mystery Illness by Suzanne O'Sullivan (hardback / audiobook)

2) One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time by Craig Brown (hardback / paperback / audiobook)

3) Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the West by Catherine Belton (hardback / paperback / audiobook)


1) Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (hardback / audiobook)

2) Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason (hardback / audiobook)

3) The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz (hardback)


-Robbie Millen, literary editor of The Times.

-Andrew Holgate, literary editor of The Sunday Times.

Host: Stig Abell. 

Clips: Baillie Gifford podcast; Suzanne O'Sullivan reading her own book on Audible; Meg Mason reading her own book at a Book People virtual event; Klara and the Sun from Faber on SoundCloud.

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