Supadu’s Marketing Executive, Grace Antelme, picks out three books to get your hands on this summer.
The Talented Mr Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
If you’re looking for a psychological thriller set across glorious Italian destinations, then look no further. Patricia Highsmith’s classic crime novel is dark, glamorous and impossible to put down. Tom Ripley arrives in Italy on a mission to bring back an old acquaintance, Dickie Greenleaf, to New York. Tom, however, is quickly drawn into ‘the good life’ he’s always wanted and is willing to pay any price to stay there. If you’re lamenting not being able to travel this year then dive into Italy with this wickedly charming and haunting thriller. There’s also a new film adaptation coming out with Andrew Scott (a.k.a The Hot Priest) as Tom Ripley so make sure you’ve read the book first!
Open Water – Caleb Azumah Nelson
Hot off the press, Caleb Azumah Nelson’s stunning debut novel is not one to miss this summer. Open Water is about two young black artists falling in love and finding their feet in the world. It is a celebration of black artists and emphasises how important art is to our existence: listening, dancing, photographing and making a mark in the world. Much of the mood is determined by the weather - the joys of summer, the long nights, the rhythm and the endless possibilities. This is by no means a light read because of the exquisitely dense language, and the intense and harrowing accounts of racism but it's a short burst of beauty which can’t be missed.
Love, Nina – Nina Stibbe
If you’re finding it hard to get into a book, then Love, Nina is the perfect summer read to dip in and out of. In 1982, Nina Stibbe, a 20-year-old from Leicester, moved to London to work for a family. Love, Nina is the collection of letters she wrote home describing her experiences of nannying and her lack of domestic skills. This is a hilarious, sharp, quirky and touching read. The snippets of dialogue capture each character brilliantly and it is extremely genuine and warm-hearted. This is perfect if you’re looking for something lighthearted and laugh-out-loud funny.