Melanie Sykes - Summer Reads

Melanie’s Top 5 Summer Reads

Our summer holidays are often the only time we have to sit and read a book, or indeed books, from cover to cover. It’s the perfect opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a story and to become gripped by a thrilling plot line. What else are holidays for, but to get away from it all and indulge in a spot of unadulterated escapism?

Have your kindles at the ready for Melanie’s top 5 summer reads!

Moving by Jenny Eclair


Moving is Jenny Eclair’s fourth novel and a top ten Sunday Times’ best seller. The story explores family secrets and shocking betrayals. It’s heart-breaking and gripping story telling is lifted by a healthy dose of black humour. A truly memorable read.


The Lovesong Of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce


An emotional novel about the journey we must all take to discover who we are. It’s a story of love and loss, and finding joy in unexpected places.

Top tip: Read ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’ first.


Us by David Nicholls


From the writer of the hugely popular novel ‘One Day’, ‘Us’ is the story of a couple at a crossroads in their marriage and the husband’s attempt to reignite their relationship. Us reflects the concerns of middle aged relationships, parenthood and the gradual wearing down on relationships over time.

Sweet Caress: The Many Lives of Amory Clay by William Boyd


This is captivating read, with rich story telling and convincing characters. The novel takes you through a journey of some of the most defining moments in modern history, all through the view finder of Amory Clay’s camera. A must read!

The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons


The Hanging Club is one in a series of crime novels written by Tony Parsons. Follow DC Max Wolfe as he hunts an unlikely gang of murderers in this story of lust and revenge.

Top tip: Make sure you read ‘The Murder Bag’ & ‘The Slaugter Man’ too. 

To find out more about Tony Parsons, make sure you catch up with Melanie’s recent interview with the man himself!