Summer List

The Guardian asked a few writers and critics, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Monica Ali, Ian Jack, and James Wood for their summer reading recommendations. Richard Eye gives his vote to Abdulrazak Gurnah’s new novel Desertion, and, having been fortunate enough to read the galley, I, too, would recommend it unreservedly. I also notice that Orhan Pamuk’s novels Snow and My Name is Red get many votes (including Doris Lessing’s), as does his latest work, the memoir Istanbul. Tom Paulin recommends Suad Amiry’s Sharon and My Mother-in-Law: Ramallah Diaries, which I also plan on reading very soon.