So what better way to escape the trials of everyday life than in the pages of a book?

Whether you want to dive into the lives of the rich and famous, get stuck into a thriller or relax with a light chick-lit read, there is a book for everyone this summer.

The Sun’s Book Editor Natasha Harding chooses the best.


Cottage By The Sea by Debbie Macomber

  • £6.99 from Penguin Books — pre-order now

A family tragedy leaves Annie heartbroken.

At the holiday home she went to as a child, she slowly heals and changes the lives of others, too. Warm-hearted fiction at its best.

This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell

  • £12.99 from WHSmith — buy now

When a letter she writes gets sent to the wrong person, Essie ends up single, jobless and homeless.

But all things happen for a reason. A big hug of a book.


Lying To You by Amanda Reynolds

  • £8.99 from Waterstones — buy now

After a decade away, Jess Tidy returns home to face the brother she abandoned and the teacher whose life was entangled with hers.

This dizzying novel keeps you on your toes.

The Date by Louise Jensen

  • £13.99 from WHSmith — buy now

When Ali wakes up after a night out, all she knows is someone is out to get her.

With limited memory, she’s very vulnerable – but who should she trust? The ending will chill you to the bone.


Mouthy by Megan McKenna

  • £16.99 from WHSmith — buy now

The ex-Towie star reveals what goes on when the cameras stop rolling, and opens up about being bullied at school.

Frank and funny. You may be surprised by the girl behind the image.

Madonna: An Intimate Biography Of An Icon At Sixty by J Randy Taraborrelli

  • £18.99 from Pan MacMillan — buy now

Based on decades of research and exclusive interviews, this insightful biography sheds new light on this amazing woman.

Self help

Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris

  • £14.99 from Penguin Random House — buy now

Outlines the many health benefits of meditating, such as lower stress levels and reduc­ed tummy fat.

It’s well researched, insightful, inspiring and funny.

Notes On A Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

  • £9.99 from Waterstones — buy now

A series of thought-provoking questions make you think about how it’s possible to stay sane on a planet that makes us mad.

Honest and heartfelt, Haig hits the spot.

Historical fiction

All My Mother’s Secrets by Beezy Marsh

  • £7.99 from Pan MacMillan — pre-order now

Life wasn’t easy if you were poor in 1918 and for Annie Austin it’s as tough as can be.

She believes that happiness is waiting for her if she runs away. But will she find it?

Six Tudor Queens: Jane Seymour by ­Alison Weir

  • £6.99 from The Book People — buy now

This astonishing novel paints Henry VIII’s third wife in a new way –  a woman who knew how precarious her position was and did her best against all the odds.

Chick lit

Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

  • £12.99 from Penguin Books — buy now

Country girl Aisling kicks her fella into touch and heads for Dublin’s bright lights, completely transforming her life.

The Plus One by Sophia Money-Coutts

  • £12.99 from Harper Collins — pre-order now

When Polly Spencer is asked to write about the infamous Jasper, Marquess of Milton, she’s sure he’ll be another entitled brat.

But there’s much more to him than meets the eye.

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