5 Great British Books to Read in July 2020

UK books jumping across the Pond to the US this month

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The Hungover Games by Sophie Heawood (Little, Brown And Company, July 7, 2020)

Billed as “Bridget Jones’s Diary for the Fleabag generation”, this is a memoir of unplanned singleness and unplanned motherhood, and what happens when life throws you the biggest curveball: one minute Heawood’s living a relatively glamorous L.A. journalist life and seemingly the next she’s six months pregnant and sleeping on her friend’s sofa in rainy England.

All My Lies Are True by Dorothy Koomson (Headline, July 9, 2020)

Dorothy Koomson rose to prominence when her third novel, My Best Friend’s Girl (2006), was shortlisted for the Richard and Judy Summer Reads list and went on to sell 500,000 copies. (The couple, who’ve presented mornings shows together, may be less glamorous than Oprah, but they move a lot of books in the UK.) I have a soft spot for My Best Friend’s Girl, too, as it’s one of the books that got me back into reading seriously more than a decade ago. Koomson pivoted to thrillers a few books ago, and, as both an award-winning and a bestselling author, remains much beloved. This is her latest, in which everyone lies — but the big question is, which lies are going to have the worst consequences?

Outraged: Why Everyone Is Shouting And No One Is Talking by Ashley “Dotty” Charles (Bloomsbury Publishing, July 14, 2020)

Outrage is easy to come by these days, and frequently more than justified. This timely book asks how we channel our outrage into lasting change.

In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk (Harpercollins, July 23, 2020, Ebook And Audio Only; pre-order the print book here)

Can you ever really come home? Ros is about to find out after three years away. Nothing’s the same: her friends’ lives have changed and so has her parents’ marriage. And what about the man who broke her heart? When she starts getting messages from him, she wonders if this is her second chance at love.

Note To Boy by Sue Clark (Unbound Digital, July 23, 2020, Ebook Only in the US)

I’m excited about this book, and not just because Sue Clark and I share a publisher and I’ve followed her journey closely. This story — about an aging fashionista and a young timid boy she teams up with — has something for everyone: sex, drugs, fashion, and even violence, as well as touching moments and a lot of laughs. Sue Clark has an excellent pedigree, having written comedy for BBC radio and TV.

Editor of WALK WITH US: How the West Wing Changed Our Lives; author of the novel UNSCRIPTED and of CONQUERING BABEL: a Practical Guide to Learning a Language.

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