Our summer books and films special: what to read and watch

Our summer books and films special: what to read and watch

By Financial Times

FT Weekend

Saturday, 9 July

This week is our summer books and films spectacular, full of recommendations of things to read and watch. First, Lilah is joined by literary editors Fred Studemann and Laura Battle to explore the FT's Summer Books special. They suggest a range of light summer reads, sharp non-fiction, deep dives, thrillers and classics to take on your summer holiday, and talk trends in book publishing. Then, deputy arts editor Raphael Abraham recommends the top films to look out for this summer. After watching 24 films in less than a week at the Cannes film festival, he's filtered the new releases down to a must-see list.


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Here’s Laura’s list of the best fiction summer reads: ​​https://on.ft.com/3AvtuPg. The whole summer books special is at http://ft.com/summerbooks.

Books mentioned:

–Audiobooks: Bad Actors by Mick Herron and Ulysses by James Joyce

–Novels that span centuries: To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara and Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel

–Beach read: You Made a Fool of Death with your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

–Fun non-fiction: Circus of Dreams by John Walsh

–Empire books: Legacy of Violence by Caroline Elkin and In the Shadow of the Gods by Dominic Lieven

–BRussian influence: Putin’s People by Catherine Belton and Butler to the World by Oliver Bullough

–AI simulation: The Anomaly by Hervé Le Tellier

Stories mentioned: 

–Marriage in all its divine tedium: https://on.ft.com/3KXOBfm

–Edward Luce on whether America is headed for another civil war: https://on.ft.com/3yJ43az

Films to watch this summer, from Raph:

–Aftersun: https://on.ft.com/3uUt9lJ

–Nitram: https://on.ft.com/3auhgvs

–Hit the Road


–Three Thousand Years of Longing: https://on.ft.com/3nMshLK

–Elvis: https://on.ft.com/3P1Uaeu


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Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco.

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