Best summer reads: Our reviewers recommend books for every taste

Dec 22, 2018
What a book lovers dream - a library right on the beach! Getty Imges

Traditionally at this time, the publishing industry experts give you a list of best sellers for the year and recommendations for the avid reader.

Excuse me for boasting and showing my bias, but I think here at Starts at 60 we have as expert a panel of readers and reviewers as you will find anywhere, so for your reading pleasure I asked our reviewers to tell us the books they enjoyed this year.

Vivienne commented that with only one exception, all the books she loved this year are recommendations from the Starts at 60 Club Books pages.

Karen Jones

  • Scrublands by Chris Hammer 
  • The lost flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland
  • The Passage of Love by Alex Miller
  • The Clockmakers Daughter by Kate Morton
  • You were Made for This by Michelle Sachs

Vivienne Beddoe

  • The Lace Weavers by Lauren Chater
  • The Betrayal by Kate Furnell
  • A Taste for Vengeance by Martin Walker. (11 in the Bruno series.)
  • The Enemy Within by Michael Dean
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanne Nell

Lorraine Parker

  • The Pearl Thief by Fiona McIntosh
  • The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester
  • The Prisoner by Kerry Tucker and Craig Henderson
  • Scrublands by Chris Hammer
  • On Leopard Rock by Tarras Wilding
  • The Passage of Love by Alex Miller

John Reid

  • The Missing Man by Peter Rees
  • Siege by Deborah Snow
  • The Great Cave Rescue by James Massola
  • Rocky Road by Robert Wainwright
  • A Keeper by Graham Norton
  • Broken Ground, Val McDermid
  • The Good Doctor of Warsaw, Elisabeth Gifford
  • The Lost Battalions by Tom Gilling
  • The Turn of Midnight by Minette Walters
  • The Scandalous Freddie McEvoy by Frank Walker

Ian Smith

  • I am, I am, I am, Maggie O’Farrell
  • Theft By Finding by David Sedaris
  • The Man Who Climbs Trees by Jame Aldred
  • A History Of Pictures by David Hockney, Martin Gayford
  • The House by Helen Pitt

Fran Spears

  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Last of the Bonegilla Girls by Victoria Purman
  • Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda
  • A Long Way Home (Lion) by Saroo Brierley.
  • Finding My Virginity by Richard Branson.

What a list to warm the heart of any book lover – fact and fiction from the corners of the world.

Thanks to the awesome reviewing team and to all of you who support their endeavours.

Merry Christmas and happy reading,
Karen x0x0x

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