Summer reading

12 May 2021

Person reading book outside

Summer is coming, and hopefully it will be a chance to catch up on reading some of those books you never quite have the time to read during the semester. Here are a few Brookes-based suggestions for your summer reading list.


Gripping new novels and short-stories by Brookes alumni and honorary graduates.

All That is Between Us by KM Elkes

“KM Elkes writes like a fallen angel” - short stories exploring the fragility of relationships.

The Summer Fields by LP Fergusson

A “gloriously original” love story set during a time of war and deadly disease.

Mine by Alison Knight

A powerful story of class, ambition and sexual politics in 1960s London.

The Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel

The stunning conclusion to the multi-award winning Wolf Hall trilogy.

Three Women and a Boat (audiobook) by Anne Youngson

An uplifting story that shows it's never too late for new adventures.


Beautiful and moving writing from the personal experiences of Brookes alumni.

Where the Wild Things Grow by David Hamilton

This beautifully illustrated book shows you where to find wild food and also its role in our culture.

Adrift by Miranda Ward

A memoir of “almost motherhood” – dealing with the experience of three miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy.


Arresting poetry – written by emerging poets and published by ignitionpress.

Ripe by Isabelle Baafi

A daring exploration of identity and survival.

Lung Iron by Daniel Fraser

Immersive poems in the uncertain space between the natural and industrial.

Ephebos by Kostya Tsolakis

Dealing with the pursuit of happiness as a young, Greek and gay man.

Find more poetry on ignitionpress’s webpages.

Fiction in Brookes Library

Brookes Library has a wealth of great literature to explore, including these exciting novels from leading contemporary writers:

Mr Loverman (print book) by Bernardine Evaristo

“A joyful, big-hearted read” from the Booker Prize winning author.

When Life Gives You Mangoes (ebook) by Kereen Getten

“A wonderful evocation of a Caribbean childhood and a gripping mystery with a jaw-dropping twist...”