Find the Best Book for You or Your Book Club this Summer

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Step into something new for 2013; your Summer Reading starts here...

If you’re looking for something great to read, or searching for the perfect book club book, then Summer Reads is for you. Step into new stories and get lost in six brilliantly written and readable books chosen by our Readers’ Circle Book Club. Designed for lone readers as well as those in a book club, Summer Reads will introduce you to some of the most exhilarating and entertaining writing from around the world. 

Reading the books is only the beginning - with Summer Reads you can also step fully in the world of the book and the whole Summer Reads experience, at a level which suits you:


Anyone can:

Get loads of extra info about the books
Including extracts, videos and author interviews. Find out more.

Join the buzz online in our virtual book club 
Share news and views on each book through Twitter and Facebook.

Win prizes by entering our Book Art Competition or by simply telling us what you think about the books
Win National Book Tokens in our free prize draw just by telling us
your thoughts on your favourite book online or pick up a voting postcard
in your bookshop or library. (Coming soon - check back for more
information.)


If you live in Norwich or Norfolk you can:

Meet the Summer Reads Authors and Translators
Put your questions about the books to the authors and translators and meet fellow book lovers at these popular events.

Get Involved at our Library Events
If you love reading, come along to one of our library events.

Join us at our Writers’ Centre Norwich Book Club
Friendly pop-in events held around Norwich in bookshops and libraries by Writers’ Centre Norwich’s Lara Narkiewicz. Come along to one, two or all of the book club events.

Learn something new at our Reader Workshops

Become a more confident reader at our new reader workshops which will keep on giving as long as you’re reading. Take a look at our 'How to Love Poetry and our 'Becoming a Confident Reader.

Summer Reads Book Quiz
£5 a team at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library. Book your place for the June Book Quiz or the August Book Quiz.

Find out more about all of our Summer Reads events.




Ready to start reading? Start by finding out more about the books we’ve recommended below. Then buy or borrow one or more of the books and read them either as an individual or in your book club. Norfolk Library Book Clubs; order your books now through your local librarian - but be fast, as they get reserved very quickly! Find out where you can buy or borrow this years Summer Reads


Six stimulating books chosen for you by our Readers’ Circle Book Club


Find out more about each book by clicking on the links below.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
The Polish Boxer by Eduardo Halfon (translated by Ollie Brock, Thomas Bunstead, Lisa Dillman, Daniel Hahn & Anne McLean)
The Beautiful Indifference
by Sarah Hall
This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You
by Jon McGregor
A Light Song of Light by Kei Miller
Beside the Sea
by Véronique Olmi (trans by Adriana Hunter) 

“A small masterpiece...”
William Dalrymple, the Observer

What is it really like to be poor in Mumbai? Follow the daily lives of slum-residents Abdul, Manju, Sunil, One Leg and Asha who live next to a toxic pond facing Mumbai Airport and its luxury hotels.

Pulitzer prize-winning Boo gets behind the statistics to give lively voice to these slum-dwellers and their stories; the different ways that they deal with thwarted hope, envy, corruption and religious divide in a new India full of possibilities that are constantly just out of reach.

“A spectacular book that deserves each and every accolade it has received.”
Readers’ Circle Book Club

•    Read an extract from Behind the Beautiful Forevers 
•    See what reviewers thought of Behind the Beautiful Forevers
•    Visit the Behind the Beautiful Forevers Summer Reads Book Club page
•    Discuss Behind the Beautiful Forevers online with WCN Book Club on Twitter or Facebook
•    Watch, listen and read extra Behind the Beautiful Forevers content

WHAT NEXT? If you enjoyed Behind the Beautiful Forevers we recommend Beside the Sea by Véronique Olmi as your next Summer Read.


The Polish Boxer
by Eduardo Halfon
(translated by Ollie Brock, Thomas Bunstead, Lisa Dillman, Daniel Hahn & Anne McLean)

“the power of The Polish Boxer is that it is always rooted in the personal. It is deeply accessible, deeply moving...”
LA Times

Halfon brings you his students, his old Serbian friend the pianist who disappears for years, his girlfriend who draws graphs of her orgasms, a quest into gypsy heritage, his grandfather who said that the tattooed numbers on his arm were only his telephone number. Or did he? We constantly wonder what is truth and what is fiction – and whether it matters when you’re in the hands of a master story-teller such as this one.

“Intriguing, mysterious, engaging, and, perhaps at times a little insane. I loved these stories.” Readers’ Circle Book Club


•    Read an extract from The Polish Boxer
•    Read Sam's review of The Polish Boxer
•    See what reviewers thought of The Polish Boxer
•    Visit the The Polish Boxer Summer Reads Book Club page
•    Discuss The Polish Boxer online with WCN Book Club on Twitter or Facebook
•    Meet the translators of The Polish Boxer
•    Watch, listen and read extra The Polish Boxer content

WHAT NEXT? If you enjoyed The Polish Boxer we recommend This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You by Jon McGregor as your next Summer Read.



The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall

“Fierce and sensuous.”
Guardian books of the year

Sarah Hall’s stories are a portal into the fascinating inner lives of women who are often hiding or recovering from something untold. From one women in search of excitement, to another waiting for her lover to leave so she can make the biggest decision of her life, this collection of carefully crafted moments engages all of the senses, using the rhythms of body and landscape to tell beautiful stories that will stay with you.

“These fabulously written, looming and austere stories are beautiful and a joy to read.” Readers’ Circle Book Club


•    Read an extract from The Beautiful Indifference 
•    See what reviewers thought of The Beautiful Indifference
•    Visit the The Beautiful Indifference Summer Reads Book Club page
•    Discuss The Beautiful Indifference online with WCN Book Club on Twitter or Facebook
•    Meet  Sarah Hall, the author of  The Beautiful Indifference
•    Watch, listen and read content

WHAT NEXT? If you enjoyed The Beautiful Indifference we recommend A Light Song of Light by Kei Miller as your next Summer Read.



This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You
by Jon McGregor

“Haunting and brilliant”
the Independent

You never thought that kind of thing could happen to somebody like you. But then it does. Set in the lowlands of the fens, these brooding stories evoke quiet menace – from the drama of buried bodies that risk being dug up to the buried crisis of an everyday break-up. The book’s very readable style masks fierce technical skill as McGregor builds tension and plays with your expectations to keep you hooked all the way through.


“These stories are creative, strange, sometimes genius, reflections on life. Read them, you won’t be disappointed.” Readers’ Circle Book Club

•    Read an extract from This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You 
•    Read a review of This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You
•    Visit the This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You Summer Reads Book Club page
•    Discuss  This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You online with WCN Book Club on Twitter or Facebook
•    Meet Jon McGregor, the author of This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You
•    Watch, listen and read extra This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You content.

WHAT NEXT? If you enjoyed This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens to Someone Like
You
we recommend The Polish Boxer by Eduardo Halfon as your next Summer Read.



A Light Song of Light
by Kei Miller

“His poems impart an intimate knowledge that turns our sightings of the
world inside out to reveal the enchantment of the everyday”
Alison Donnel, the London Magazine

Jamaican poet Kei Miller’s poems are presented in two parts; Day Time and Night Time. Day Time is soon undermined by a Night Time place where cool caves and bat wings tickle the neck. This collection faces the tough stuff of life but through it all the Singerman calls as Miller uses rhythm and song to pull you through his laments towards a praise of light in language that truly sings.


“I’ve always proclaimed not to understand poetry... but the hairs stood up on the back of my neck. I loved this book.” Readers’ Circle Review



•    See what reviewers thought of A Light Song of Light
•    Read Sam's review of A Light Song of Light
•    Meet Kei Miller, author of A Light Song of Light
•    Visit the A Light Song of Light Summer Reads Book Club page
•    Discuss A Light Song of Light online with WCN Book Club on Twitter or Facebook
•    Watch, listen and read extra A Light Song of Light content. 

WHAT NEXT? If you enjoyed A Light Song of Light we recommend The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall as your next Summer Read.



Beside the Sea
by Véronique Olmi


“heart-stopping and heartbreaking.”
the Independent

A single mother takes her children on their first trip to the seaside. As they run from rain to hot chocolate to the fun-fair we see the woman’s close and complex relationship with the two little boys unfold. These are precious children whom she wants so badly to protect from the very unkind world, from hunger and pain. But we find that the severest danger can lurk much closer to home in this emotionally tough but brilliantly written read.


“Bleak yet riveting. Be brave: this is life at its harshest and writing at its most affecting.” Readers’ Circle Book Club

•    Read an extract from Beside the Sea
•    See what reviewers thought of Beside the Sea
•    Visit the Beside the Sea Summer Reads Book Club page
•    Discuss Beside the Sea online with WCN Book Club on Twitter or Facebook
•    Meet the translator and publisher of Beside the Sea
•    Watch, listen and read extra Beside the Sea content. 

WHAT NEXT? If you enjoyed Beside the Sea we recommend Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo as your next Summer Read.


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Many thanks to our Summer Reads partners: Norfolk Library and Information Service.