ritain’s whimsical towns, romantic landscapes and countless
characters have been literary fuel for centuries, inspiring
great poets and writers alike. This autumn, Penguin have
given us a selection of Great British page turners!
For anyone staycationing in London this
summer, Zadie Smith’s brilliant tragi-
comic NW follows four Londoners - Leah,
Natalie, Felix and Nathan – after they’ve
left their childhood council estate, grown
up and moved on to different lives. From
private houses to public parks, at work
and at play, their city is brutal, beautiful
and complicated. This is a portrait of
modern urban life like no other. It might
make you long for the countryside, but
that’s where the next book comes in.
If any book can make you fall head over
heels with the Great British countryside,
it’s The Old Ways from one of Britain’s
finest nature writers Robert Macfarlane.
Following the tracks, holloways, drove-
roadsand sea pathsthat form part of a vast
ancient network of routes criss-crossing
the British Isles, Robert Macfarlane
discovers a lost Britain and
explores the places and journeys which
inspire and live inside our imaginations.
It’s the sixties, Joni Mitchell is singing
and protestors are marching and David
Almond’s haunting coming-of-age novel
The Tightrope Walkers transports us
to the beaches of Northumberland and the
fields above the shipyards of the Tyne,
where young lovers Dominic and Holly
find love and freedom. This is wild
and beautiful and deeply emotional
– a real treat of a read!
Beware of the unexpected holiday guest!
The Accidental is set in the Norfolk
holiday home of the Smart family one hot
summer. There a beguiling stranger
called Amber appears at the door bearing
all sorts of unexpected gifts, trampling
over family boundaries and sending each
of the Smarts scurrying from the dark into
the light. The Accidental is a novel about
the ways that seemingly chance
encounters can irrevocably transform
our understanding of ourselves.
1933 and the world is changing, even in a
quiet town in Cornwall . . . Norah Thornby
can no longer afford to live in her grand
family home, unless, perhaps, she can find
a respectable odger. But Nurse Lettie Quick
is not nearly as respectable as she seems.
What’s really going on at the clinic she has
opened? Meanwhile beautiful silent film
star Rae Grainger has found the perfect
place to stay, in an isolated house miles
away from the town. It’s certainly rather
creepy, especially at candlelit bedtime.
Aren’t We Sisters? is a gripping (and slightly
scary) story with a sinister villain
at the heart of it.
Journey from the Pleasure Beach to Carnaby
Street with Nick Hornby’s latest novel.
Barbara Parker is Miss Blackpool of 1964, but
she doesn't want to be a beauty queen. She
wants to make apeople laugh, like her heroine
Lucille Ball. So she leaves Blackpool and
her family behind, takes herself off to London,
and gets a job behind the cosmetics counter
of a Kensington department store, while trying
to work out how she can get herself noticed.
A chance meeting with an agent results in a
new name and an audition for a new BBC
comedy series. Sophie Straw's time has come.
(Coming soon. Pre-order your copy now!)
You can find more of Penguin’s UK reads here.