In need of a holiday read? We’ve rounded up the best new books landing on the shelves this June, from dreamy romances to tomes examining the everyday pressures women are subject to.

Horse by Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks’ latest release Horse reveals the truth behind the spirit, obsession and injustice across American history. 

The book is based on the true story of Lexington, America’s greatest stud sire, and touches on different periods in American history, from an enslaved groom in 1850 through to present day in 2019, when Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian find themselves enthralled by the same bones of a horse, searching for clues over the forgotten history of the Black horsemen who rode him.

Release Date: 16.06.2022 

£18.99 | waterstones.com

Meant To Be Mine by Hannah Orenstein

We all have an age when we hope to have met the ‘one’, but for Edie Meyer she has a physical date in mind. Her grandma Gloria has managed to pinpoint every single date that everyone in her family has met their partner, and Edie’s comes springing up. 

The day arrives and she’s conveniently positioned next to a musician on a flight to her twin sister’s engagement but there are complications that run wild. Is her prospective partner ready to settle down? Edie is left wondering if love chooses us or if we choose it ourselves…

Release Date: 07.06.2022 

£9.99 | waterstones.com

Meredith, alone by Claire Alexander

The whole world is waiting for Meredith beyond her front door but is she going to make the jump? 

Meredith hasn’t left the house in 1,214 days but why would she when she has her cat Fred, her friend Sadie who visits regularly, her online support group, her jigsaws, recipes, beloved Emily Dickinson, the internet and the Tesco delivery man? Something changes when the world comes knocking at her door, enticing her back into the world.

Release Date: 09.06.2022 

£14.99 | waterstones.com

Murder Before Evensong: A Canon Clement Mystery by Richard Cole

Richard Cole is releasing the first instalment from the new Canon Clement mystery series, and it’s landing this June! 

Unrest is struck when the rector of Champton, Canon Daniel Clement announces plans to install a lavatory in the church. The neighbourhood is divided, some are for the update, some are very much against it. But problems arise again when Anthony Bowness – cousin to Bernard de Floures, patron of Champton – is stabbed in the neck with a pair of secateurs and found dead in church. The bodies soon come piling up and it’s left to Daniel to try to catch this killer…

Release Date: 09.06.2022 

£16.99 | waterstones.com

Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegu

From the bestselling author of My Year of Rest and Relaxation comes a new mediaeval tome filled with magic, struggle and the unknown. We follow a motherless shepherd boy as he finds himself at the centre of a power struggle that puts faith to the test. 

Release Date: 23.06.2022 

£14.99 | waterstones.com

The Poet by Louisa Read

Powered by passion and anger, we follow a young student Emma who is in the midst of a toxic relationship with her undermining professor. An intoxicating relationship filled with mistrust, manipulation and mistreatment, the novel follows Emma as she comes to terms with this relationship and sees her choose between remaining silent or taking her revenge.

Release Date: 09.06.2022 

£14.99 | amazon.co,uk

On Rotation by Shirlene Obuobi

From medical student to finding that suitable lawyer/doctor/engineer boyfriend, Ghanian-American Angela Appiah has managed to boss her way through all of the ‘perfect immigrant daughter’ pillars. That is until her boyfriend breaks up with her, her friends scatter away and she fails the most important exam in her career. Things get even more complicated when an unlikely guy arrives on the scene and woos her over. 

Release Date: 21.06.2022 

£16.99 | waterstones.com

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

It’s not unusual to take creative licence from things that happen in our lives, but perhaps Nora Hamilton, a romance screenwriter, takes it too far when she writes the best script of her life about her husband leaving her and their two children. 

Her life is turned upside down when a Hollywood actor is cast as her ex-husband and she begins falling in love with him…

Release Date: 07.06.2022 

£20.99 | waterstones.com

Poor Little Sick Girls: A Love Letter to Unacceptable Women by Ione Gamble

Ione Gamble, founder of Polyester Zine and a host of The Polyester Podcast, allows us a deeper look into her life as a woman who, as soon as she enters adulthood, is diagnosed with an incurable illness. 

The book allows us to see a new perspective on the current empowerment phenomena from a woman who is chronically ill and the pressures forced onto young women from an early age. 

Release Date: 26.05.2022

£16.99 | waterstones.com


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