July 2021 books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads, Everyone Is Still Alive, You and Me on Vacation and Cabin Fever, which are are all out in July.

Everyone Is Still Alive

Cathy Rentzenbrink is best known for her bestseller The Last Act of Love and her non-fiction, A Manual for a Heartache and Dear Reader. Her latest book is a fiction debut, called Everyone Is Still Alive. She lives in Chiswick and appears regularly at the Chiswick Book Festival.

Juliet moves to Magnolia Road with her husband and their son, Charlie. Overwhelmed by motherhood and everything else, she can’t find the time to make new friendships in the neighbourhood. But Liam, her husband, finds himself in a different situation. Between his writing career, the morning coffees and the after-school gatherings, he discovers the secrets and rivalries going on behind closed doors – which all end up in his novel.

And then, at a sunny afternoon party, a single moment changes everything.

Marian Keyes said: “Incredibly tender and astonishingly insightful. I cared so deeply for the characters and read in genuine awe. An utter gem.”

Everyone is still alive is published by Orion on 8 July.

Image above: Front cover of Everyone Is Still Alive, Author Cathy Rentzebrink

You and Me on Vacation

Readers will lose their hearts to Poppy and Alex, the main characters in You and Me on Vacation – a love story written by Emily Henry.

With a similar plot line to When Harry met Sally, Poppy and Alex meet on and off during ten summer trips. They go from hating each other and being sure they will never speak again, to starting an actual friendship during a forced ride home from college, when they form a pact: one vacation will be spent together, every year.

Many adventures later, Poppy asks Alex to go on one last journey – a trip that will change their lives forever.

Beth O’Leary reviewed it as “Full of sexual tension and tantalizing possibility. I fell head over heels for Alex and Poppy, and loved travelling all over the world with them both.”

You and Me on Vacation is out on 8 July, published by Penguin.

Image above: Front cover of You and Me on Vacation, Author Emily Henry

Cabin Fever

Alex Dahl was born in Oslo and she is the author of Playdate, The Heart Keeper and The Boy at the Door, which was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger. Now she is back with her fourth thriller, Cabin Fever.

Kristina is a successful therapist in central Oslo, where she manages her clients cooly and professionally. Until one of them, Leah, turns up distressed, begging Kristina to come to her cabin in the woods, and then disappears shortly after. Kristina worries something might have happened and makes her way up to the wilderness.

At the cabin, Kristina finds Leah’s unfinished manuscript, and discovers that the main character is terrifyingly familiar.

Cabin Fever is published by Head of Zeus on the 8 July.

Image above: Front cover of Cabin Fever, Author Alex Dahl

Annakarin Klerfalk

Anna is a literary agent based in Chiswick who is keen to hear from authors trying to get their books published. Contact her on anna@intersaga.co.uk. She used to run the Waterstones bookshop in Chiswick. You can read more about her and Intersaga here.


See more of Anna’s book choices here

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