Summer Reading Guide

07 June 2022

The ultimate summer reading guide. Begin with a gothic ghost story with a fiery feminist zeal and end with a book about the untidy, complicated underbelly of love and love’s end. Whether you’re sunbathing in your local park or vacationing through the Mediterranean, you won’t be able to step away from these stories.

Which one of these books will you be diving into this summer? Let us know by tweeting us @SerpentsTail.


An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life by Paul Dalla Rosa

By turns unsparing and tender, Dalla Rosa explores our lives in late-stage Capitalism, where globalisation and its false promises of connectivity leave us further alienated and disenfranchised. Like the legendary Lucia Berlin and his contemporary Ottessa Moshfegh, Dalla Rosa is a masterful observer-and hilarious eviscerator-of our ugly, beautiful attempts at finding meaning in an ugly, beautiful world.

The Cherry Robbers by Sarai Walker

First they get married, then they get buried. The Cherry Robbers is a wonderfully atmospheric, propulsive novel about sisterhood, mortality and forging one’s own path.

Before the Ruins by Victoria Gosling

One long, hot summer Andy and her friends begin a game that will take their whole lives to play out.

‘Engrossing, beguiling, and with an undertow of menace, Before the Ruins is a masterly debut from a richly talented author’ – Sarah Waters

‘Jaw-droppingly brilliant writing’ – Marian Keyes


Chorus by Rebecca Kauffman

Chorus is a hopeful story of family, of loss and recovery, of complicated relationships forged between brothers and sisters as they move through life together, and of the unlikely forces that first drive them away and then ultimately back home.

Teen Couple Have Fun Outdoors by Aravind Jayan

A scandalous video.
A humiliated family.
And a brother stuck in the middle.

Full of bittersweet comedy, and insight into contemporary Indian society and an online generation, this is a story about now with the feel of a classic.

Is This Love? by C.E. Riley

Did you mean to marry me? Did you understand the vows that we took?

Narrated by J in the days, weeks and months after the marriage collapses, and interspersed with the departed wife’s diary entries, Is This Love? is an addictive, deeply unsettling, and provocative novel of deception and betrayal, and passion turned to pain.

The Long Answer by Anna Hogeland

The Long Answer is a stunning novel of secrets kept and secrets shared. Deeply empathetic and hugely absorbing, it unravels the intimate dynamics of female friendship, sisterhood, motherhood and grief, and the ways in which women are bound together and pulled apart by their shared and contrasting experiences of pregnancy, abortion, miscarriage and infertility.