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Didn't manage to read these top tomes on the sunlounger? Just enjoy them cosied up on your sofa instead!

Whether you’re whizzing off to a sun-lounger in far-flung climes over the coming months or simply curling up on your sofa trying to zone out our abysmal British weather, you’ll be needing a good book to lose yourself in. You can’t beat a word-of-mouth literary recommendation so here’s what we have on our reading lists at Muddy HQ. Let me know if you read any of them!



Hot Milk by Deborah Levy – chosen by founder Hero Brown

True, it was Booker shortlisted last year but actually I’ve chosen it purely on the basis that it’s the novel that cropped up more than any other on my Instagram feed this summer (shallow, moi?) Everyone I know seems to be reading it. The book explores the relationship between a mother and her grown-up daughter, who arrive in a sultry, Spanish coastal resort seeking treatment for the former’s mysterious paralysis. I’ve seen reviewers compare it to Virginia Woolf so that’s me sold.


Yesterday by Felicia Yap – chosen by associate editor Kerry Potter

I’ve read about 8,000 thrillers in the last few years and around 7,999 of them have been compared to Gone Girl by their publishers. However, this one, which comes with an almighty dollop of hype, is something genuinely different – and was a lifesaver during my holiday in Cornwall last week when it didn’t stop raining. At all. For the entire week. It’s set in a parallel world where people are either Monos or Duos. The former can only remember the previous 24 hours, the latter the last 48; with everyone noting down their memories in electronic ‘iDiaries’ each night. So when the body of a glamorous blonde washes up on a riverbank, solving the murder proves something of a challenge when no one can remember what has happened. Or can they? The writing is a bit shonky in places, but the concept is lots of fun.


Inside Vogue by Alexandra Shulman – chosen by commercial director Katie Molloy

Currently I’m tearing through this candid diary by the recently departed Vogue editor. I’m really enjoying her honesty – she’s very open about feeling stressed and being scared of flying, and her love for her family comes across very strongly. Back in the day I used to work on Marie Claire magazine looking after their fashion advertisers so it’s also making me reminisce about fun times in my twenties and thirties. Those were the days!



Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams – chosen by marketing director Sascha Way

I’ve just come back from trekking in Peru so I’m now desperate to read this New York Times best-seller about a man who recreates the original 1911 expedition to the famous archaeological site. I’ve been assured it’s a funny, down-to-earth must-read -although I’m pleased to be reading it after camping out for four nights up an Andean mountain rather than before!


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – chosen by editorial assistant Sophie Hadjikyriacos

I watched the recent TV adaptation of this 1985 dystopian classic on Channel 4 and absolutely loved it. I’m a huge Margaret Atwood geek and so I’m going to re-read the book and compare it to the series. I’m pretty sure I remember the main character Offred being far more objectionable in print than she was on TV but we’ll see!


The Line Of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst – chosen by editorial assistant Sarah Taylor

This is an old favourite and a fabulous, evocative depiction of a moment in time. Set in the summer of 1987 amid London’s super-rich and privileged set, it follows Oxford grad Nick Guest in an undulating narrative of all things beautiful and sordid, with language that’s brutally raw one moment and then heart-rendingly lyrical the next. Through Nick’s perspective, we see how this world of entitlement is riddled with drug-taking and secret sexual adventures. A total page-turner.


What are you reading at the mo – anything we need to put on our own must-read lists?! Let us know in the comment box below. 

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