What we are reading: July

The best in books for July

What we are reading: July

New Releases


Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

The third book in the much loved Wayfarer series returns to Chamber's beautifully crafted outer space fantasy for another adventure filled installment.


Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

This retelling of the tale of Rumplestiltskin is highly anticipated by fans of her first novel Uprooted.


There There by Tommy Orange

An NYT bestseller, this book uses twelve narrative voices to explore individual Native American characters and their relationships to their culture and a land that both belongs to them and was stolen from them.

Films and TV


Mary Shelley

In the 200th anniversary of Shelley's seminal work of dystopian fantasy horror this film explores her life and the inspiration behind the book.

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. While the vote is now closed you can still enjoy these books before the winner is announced on 8th July.

Man Booker Longlist

After the hype of the Golden Booker winner, we still have this year's longlist to look forward to and as always the question of which authors will make the cut is ambiguous as ever - keep your eyes peeled on 24th July to find out.

Festival Season

It's festival season and that means the book world too! Theakston's Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival is in Harrogate this month, while Latitude has a dedicated tent for lovers of literature and poetry. Ledbury's Poetry festival continues into July too offering variety for lovers of all kinds of literature. 


Ellen Orange

Ellen Orange Contributor

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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