What we are reading: June

Find the books and adaptions that are making waves this June

What we are reading: June

New Releases


Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

The Man Booker Winner returns more than 25 years after the publication of the much loved The English Patient, with his new novel, set in the aftermath of World War II. 


Florida by Lauren Groff

The Fates and Furies author is back with a collection of short stories all revolving around Florida, which becomes more than simply a location or setting through these emotional and psychological explorations. 

Book Prizes


Man Booker International  Winner

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk is the third winner of the Man Booker International Prize since the form of the award changed. Her novel has been described as meditations on travel in the 21st Century and has been highly rated by critics.

Women's Prize Shortlist


  • The Idiot 
  • The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
  • Sight
  • When I Hit You
  • Home Fire
  • Sing Unburied Sing

The Women's Prize Shortlist was released in April, with the winner to be announced on 6th June - if you haven't delved in yet, it's not too late!

Booker 50


  • In A Free State 
  • Moon Tiger
  • The English Patient
  • Wolf Hall
  • Lincoln in the Bardo

For the 50th Anniversary of the Man Booker Prize, the organisation is running a 'Golden' Booker award, with five judges nominating their favourites from each decade with the books being put to a public vote. The final list might be surprising with the much loved and highly lauded Midnight's Children missing and the inclusion of the most recent winner shock for some. However, if you are looking for reading material this is a great list to embark upon and vote for your favourite by the end of the month. 

Book to Screen

June may be quiet on new releases but its packed with films about books and reading!


The Bookshop

Set in a small town in 1959 England, it is the story of a woman who decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop, a decision which becomes a political minefield.


Book Club

Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.


The Happy Prince

The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor.


Ellen Orange

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I am a 24 year old Marketing Officer from the North East with a passion for arts and writing. I did a BA in English Literature and an MA in Twentieth and Twenty First Century Literature at Durham University, because I love books and reading! I have experience in writing for a variety of student publications, as well as having contributed to Living North, a regional magazine and Culture magazine, a supplement to regional newspaper, The Journal. I have been part of a Young Journalists scheme writing for NewcastleGateshead's Juice Festival, a young people's arts and culture festival, and have since become a Team Juice member. As well as reading and writing, I love theatre, photography and crafts.

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