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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Late Summer Trashy Beach Reads 2015


Those long, sun-soaked days may be waning, the shops may be filling up with coats and cashmere, and you may be getting a distinct back to school feeling, but there's still time to eek out the last dregs of summer. And what says never-ending summer better than a race-through-it-before-your-ice-cream's-melted novel.

This year has seen a flurry of new books from our fav guilty pleasure authors, as well as a couple of others that remind us of our all time top trashy reads. So, whether you've been crafty and booked your hols late in the season this year, or you're just banking on an Indian Summer, we've got a whole host of beachy trash to fill your Kindle with. Viva Summer!

If you liked The Devil Wears Prada, then read...


Set in the offices of a New York glossy magazine and populated by power-crazed, terrifying fashion bitches - so far, so Devil Wears Prada. Add in a dash of tech whizz and a sprinkle of Sykes' wit (if you loved Bergorf Blondes (written by Lucy Sykes' sister - Plum) as much as we did you'll know just what we're talking about) and you've got a pretty delicious slice of fashtastic fiction. 

If you liked Crazy Rich Asians, then read...


Who doesn't want to lose themselves in a world where diamonds are the size of Robins' eggs, private jets are caught like the rest of us catch the bus and people install lifts in their apartment blocks to transport their cars up to their Penthouse palaces? Kevin Kwan's follow-up to his 2013 bestseller is every bit as awesome (especially if you happen to live out East and recognise at a least a couple of the cast...).

If you liked anything and everything Louise Bagshawe, then read...



While her Twitter game leaves a lot to be desired, Louise Mensch's ability to churn out a rollicking good read remains unchanged by the new pen name (her married name), the face lifts and the stint as an MP. Career Game picks up with the heroines from her much loved Career Girls (no less than the Bagshawe that first got us Mice hooked). Expect smouldering mysterious men and a hearty helping of sex, glamour and girl power.

If you liked Tiger Eyes and Forever, read...


Whose tween and early teen years weren't spent racing through fifth-hand, contraband copies of Judy Blume's more racy tomes? This summer, get a flashback to that Blume magic with her first new novel for adults in more than fifteen years. Set in a small New Jersey town during the early fifties, In the Unlikely Event is a coming of age tale for grown-ups full of heart, humour and those Blume-trademark ballsy girls who'll you be rooting for right through to the final page.

If you liked Sex & the City, then read...


Much has been made of Bushnell's latest offering being very much novel imitating life. The central character, Pandy wrote a book which was turned into a film which took off in a way she'd never quite expected. Swap the 'P' for a 'C' and the film for a runaway success of an HBO TV series, and suddenly everything seems a little closer to an autobiography. Bushnell denies it to the hilt but somehow trying to work out whether Burshnell's talking about the 'fictional' Sonya or the real-life SJP is almost as enjoyable as this romp of a read itself... 

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