Long summer evenings are made for escaping into a good book, whether you’re jetting off somewhere exotic or enjoying a sunny staycation. Luckily, the Pushkin team has some fantastic recommendations for all readers, no matter if you’re after a short, punchy short story collection or an escapist fantasy novel. Read on for our team’s expert picks!
India Darsley (Managing Production Editor)
The Trilogy of Two by Juman Malouf
Looking for summer escapism? Look no further. Meet the twins as they encounter new worlds, Changelings, talent-stealing cats and more! Beautifully illustrated and full of magic.
Tabitha Pelly (Publicist)
The Extra Man by Jonathan’s Ames
Faded Fitzgeraldean glamour, cocktails and cross-dressing in Manhattan – Jonathan’s Ames’s The Extra Man is the perfect summer caper!
Rory Williamson (Editorial Assistant)
Karate Chop by Dorthe Nors
Sharp, punchy lines make these brief stories easy to binge, but the unnerving slant they put on family and relationships has a cumulative and lasting impact
Eve Hutchings (Intern)
Layover by Lisa Zeidner
Dark, seductive and funny, this novel alleviates a heavy heart with a large dose of reckless abandon. Instant summer escapism.
Natalie Ramm (Head of Marketing)
The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips
The ultimate twisted fairytale about office life on those sweltering summer days.
Jen Acton (Digital Editor)
My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci
Now out in (perfectly portable!) paperback, this powerful story of exile and desire will transport you – no passport necessary.
Mollie Stewart (Publicity and Marketing Officer)
The Boy Who Stole Attila’s Horse by Ivan Repila
Although not the cheeriest of holiday reads, you’ll race through this shocking novella in one deckchair-sitting and think about it the whole plane ride home.