Summer reading: the 50 hottest new books for a great escape

From pageturning thrillers and comic novels to an antidote to doomscrolling – our pick of the best new fiction and nonfiction. Plus 10 brilliant paperbacks, and 10 great reads for children and teens

The Exhibitionist by Charlotte Mendelson
Longlisted for the Women’s prize, this is a darkly funny portrait of a dysfunctional family bent out of shape over decades by its narcissistic artist patriarch – and of what happens when his wife will no longer squash her own creative energies. Wise, waspish and emotionally astute, it’s addictive reading.

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Where to start with: James Joyce

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‘The collapse of humanity is deathly funny’: Gary Shteyngart on writing comedy in difficult times

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New writing from Ali Smith, Marlon James, Elena Ferrante and Jarvis Cocker – a taste of good things...

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Best fiction of 2021

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Rachel Cusk’s singular novel stands out on wide-ranging Booker longlist

Second Place is both timeless and up-to-the minute, with big names Richard Powers and Kazuo Ishiguro...

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