It’s time to take full advantage of the lingering summer days, when the afternoons seem endless and the feeling of having all the time in the world is blissful. Perhaps it will be a chance to rediscover timeless classics by the beach, or the perfect timing to grab a thriller after dinner, when a chilling plot just wouldn’t read right before sunset. In any case, we propose a well-rounded list of books that will make you rethink your habits, live vicariously through grand characters or open up your appetite for healthier living.


The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

Christopher Knight didn’t need people to surround him. He certainly didn’t feel any attraction by the buzz of a busy lifestyle. That’s why at the tender age of 20, he slipped away to the woods of Maine (USA) to live in total solitude in a self-built shelter…for 27 years. Based on personal interviews conducted by Finkel, this true story will leave you wondering about the balance of human needs, the role of isolation and, more importantly, what does a Hermit 2.0 really look like?

By Michael Finkel. 203 pages (Knopf). 

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

If you’re sleeping for less than seven hours a night you’re doing yourself a disservice as grave as that of smoking. What? In an inundated market with tons of sleep-themed literature, neuroscientist Matthew Walker explains why sleep is so central to our wellbeing, happiness, physical condition and mental development. What’s more, you’ll realise how modern life and cultural norms increasingly impair our need for sleep. Urgent and passionate. The good news: Where there’s a will, there’s a way to change.

By Matthew Walker. 368 pages (Penguin).

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

In a letter, Hemingway once called Spain “the last good country left”. And, in the epicentre of his favourite country – Pamplona – Hemingway sets the scene for his most popular novel to date. A group of expat friends will travel from France to Spain amongst a tangled love story and will be plopped right in the middle of the famous “Running of the Bulls”. Coming of age, the meaning of love and death, the new, liberated woman; the newest members of what was coined “The Lost Generation” – decadent and profoundly marked by World War I – take on a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If anything, it will give you content for polite party chatter.

By Ernest Hemingway. 224pages (Arrow; Edition 1994).

Deliciously Ella. The Plant-Based Cookbook by Ella Mills

Ella Mills is known as the champion of plant-based living and, with more than 110 million hits in her award-winning blog over the past three years, is the perfect example of an influencer-turned-successful entrepreneur. Her latest book includes tried and tested recipes from her London-based deli (think mini Apple Crumbles and creamy Artichoke and Edamame dips), and delves into her personal journey into becoming “Deliciously Ella”.

By Ella Mills (Woodward). 288 pages (Yellow Kite).  

My German Brother by Chico Buarque

A baby boy, born as a result of an illicit affair in Nazi-era Berlin. This is what Sao Paolo teenager, Ciccio, discovers in a riveting letter addressed to his father, while thumbing through an old book.  The curiosity that sparks will turn into a lifelong obsession in search of a possible half-brother that will take Ciccio through disappointment, despair and hope. Written by one of Brazil’s biggest pop legends.

By Chico Buarque. 208 pages (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

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