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Book club: 9 great reads of 2018 for your summer holidays

Whether you’re relaxing on a yacht or sprawling across golden sand, enjoy the holidays with some of the best books of the year.

Book club: 9 great reads of 2018 for your summer holidays
  1. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

    Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

    Delve into the inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos – a multi-billion-dollar biotech start-up founded by Elizabeth Holmes, which promised to revolutionise the medical industry with an innovative blood testing machine. But there was one problem, the technology didn’t work.

    It’s a riveting story about the biggest corporate fraud since Enron; a tale of ambition and hubris is set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

  2. The Only Story by Julian Barnes

    The Only Story

    Nineteen-year-old Paul becomes giddily involved with 48-year-old Susan after meeting at a tennis club. Half a century later, Paul, now alone, looks back at how they fell in love, how he freed Susan from a sterile marriage, and how everything fell apart.

    It’s a piercing account of helpless devotion and of how memory can confound us, fail us and surprise us.

  3. Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas

    Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

    A groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite’s efforts to change the world preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve.

    Dive into a world where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can, rebranding themselves as saviours of the poor; how they lavishly reward leaders and redefine change in winner-friendly ways.

  4. The Immortalistsby Chloe Benjamin

    The Immortalists

    After a psychic tells their fortunes, the Gold children have to live the next five decades with the ticking clock of mortality.

    This sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth probes the lines between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

  5. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

    Washington Black

    Dive into the dazzling adventure story about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world.

    Born in chains, young George Washington Black is taken under the wing of his master’s brother – a man obsessed with scientific innovation. The duo embrace life with a flying machine until a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Black’s head, tearing the pair apart.

  6. The 7½ deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

    The 7½ deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

    Fans of Agatha Christie will relish in this deeply atmospheric and ingeniously plotted novel.

    Evelyn Hardcastle has been murdered hundreds of times and Aiden Bishop is always too late to save her, leaving her doomed to repeat the same day over and over unless Bishop solves the murder. But nothing is ever quite what it seems.

  7. Are Chief Executives Overpaid? (The Future of Capitalism) by Deborah Hargreaves

    Are Chief Executives Overpaid?

    Top company bosses take home in several days as much as most people earn in a whole year – Hargreaves explores why pay for the top 0.1% has sky-rocketed in the past 20 years.

    A rigorous exposé of the dysfunctional nature of our economy, this book debunks the myths behind top earners who claim ‘I’m worth it’, when that means raking in millions a year, while examining a range of pragmatic solutions.

  8. Prosperity: Better Business Makes the Greater Good by Colin Mayer

    Prosperity: Better Business Makes the Greater Good

    What is business for? On day one of an economics course a new student is taught the answer: to maximise shareholder profit. But this single idea that pervades all our thinking about the role of the corporation is fundamentally wrong, argues Mayer.

    Prosperity is as much a discussion of how to create and run successful businesses as it is a guide to policymaking to fix the broken system.

  9. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

    Once Upon a River

    Locals entertain themselves on a midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames until the doors burst open to reveal an injured stranger with the body of a drowned little girl. Hours later, the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science?

    The exquisitely crafted, multi-layered mystery is brimming with folklore, suspense and romance as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age.

  10. And if those don’t tickle your fancy, here are 3 intriguing business books.

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