Sam Leith

Books Podcast: Summer reads

Books Podcast: Summer reads
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This week, with the holidays approaching, I’m joined by the critic Alex Clark and Damian Barr — memoirist and host of the Savoy’s Literary Salon — to talk about summer reading. What do you take? What do you regret taking? Kindle, dead-tree or — 19th-century-style — cabin trunk full of books sent on ahead? Our discussion yielded a host of recommendations — from the brand new to the reliable old friends — that we hope will help you plan your own travelling library. For those who like the sound of some of these, we’ve picked them out and listed them below for your convenience….

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And here's a comprehensive list of all the books recommended on the podcast:

  • The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan
  • Horse Heaven, Ten Days in the Hills, A Thousand Acres, Ten Days in the Hills, Last Hundred Years Trilogy by Jane Smiley
  • Patrick Melrose novels by Edward St. Aubyn
  • Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child
  • Spenser novels by Robert B Parker
  • Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor
  • I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell
  • Theft By Finding by David Sedaris
  • The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
  • The Day That Went Missing by Richard Beard
  • Reunion by Fred Uhlman
  • Far and Away: How Travel Can Change The World by Andrew Solomon
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
  • See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
  • Tin Man by Sarah Winman
  • The Fall Guy by James Lasdun
  • The Lie of the Land by Amanda Craig
  • Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty
  • Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
  • Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
  • Bright Air Black by David Vann
  • Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes
  • House of Names by Colm Tóibín