Whether you’re travelling across country, jetting off somewhere exotic or staying home to tackle DIY projects, there are some excellent audiobook releases to keep you company this August. Here are five of our favourites:
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride – August 4
Winner of this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, McBride’s debut tells the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. To read the book was to plunge straight into the narrator’s head so to listen to the shocking and often intense words straight from the author’s mouth is an experience not to be missed.
The Child by Sebastian Fitzek – August 7
Touted as one of the big audio dramas of 2014 (with a cast to make us believe it), Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn't know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client, Simon, a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.
Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber – August 8
If you’d prefer something with a slightly gentler pace, a visit to Rose Harbor Inn in Macomber’s fictional Cedar Cove might be for you. Every room has an inspiring new view, and every guest finds a second chance as Jo Marie starts to find her feet running the inn after the death of her husband. Now it's springtime, she has designed a beautiful rose garden for the property with the help of handsome and kindly handyman Mark Taylor.
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters – August 28
We’ve been waiting for the latest Sarah Waters novel for what feels like an eternity and will be picking the book up in audio form as well as print, to ensure we can keep reading even when our hands are busy with other things. It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.
The Secrets Women Keep by Fanny Blake – August 28
As Rose waits for her family to arrive at their villa in Tuscany, a casual glance at her husband's phone tips her world upside down. The text reads simply: 'Miss you. Love you. Come back soon.' Another fabulous book from Fanny Blake celebrating the passionate and emotional lives women lead as wives, mothers and grandmothers.
Will you be downloading any of these books this month?