June 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, Yours Cheerfully, Still Life and Sleepless, which are are all out in June.

Yours Cheerfully

Yours Cheerfully is the sequel to A J Pearce’s bestselling debut Dear Mrs Bird. 

Emmeline Lake’s adventures as an aspiring journalist continue in London, 1941. She is madly in love with her boyfriend Charles and is offered a job as a wartime advice columnist. Her best friend Bunty, struggles with the nightmares of the Blitz but together they decide to make the most of their situation.

When the Ministry of Information calls on Britain’s women’s magazines to help recruit female workers for the home front, Emmeline steps in but quickly finds herself in a moral dilemma between doing her duty and standing by her friends.

Ericka Walker, author of Dog Days, said: ‘Yours Cheerfully is a joyful world I happily escaped into. Engrossing, engaging and charming. I finished reading with a smile, ready for anything.’

Yours Cheerfully is published by Picador on 24 June.

Still Life

Sarah Winman, bestselling and prize-winning author of When God was a Rabbit, is back with her forth novel, Still Life.

The story begins in 1944, when two strangers meet and share an unforgettable evening together. Evelyn is an art historian- and a possible spy- Ulysses is a young British soldier and their instant connection turns them into soulmates. Evelyn has a deep effect on Ulysses and her passion for truth and beauty changes him and shapes his future.

The novel moves from the Tuscan Hills to the piazzas of Florence and is a wonderful read after so many months of travel restrictions.

4th Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins, will release Still Life on 10 June and pitched it as: “A big-hearted story of people brought together by love, war, art and the ghost of E.M. Forster.”


Sleepless is a psychological thriller, written by Romy Hausman. Readers know him from his international bestselling debut, Dear Child.

Sleepless tells the haunting story of Nadja Kulka, who is fresh out of prison and longs for a quiet life: a steady income, a nice flat and some friends. And when she meets Laura von Hoven, the beautiful wife of Nadja’s boss, things are looking up – until Laura kills her husband.

Laura begs Nadja for help, who gives in, and together they head to a remote house in the woods to bury the body. Things don’t go as planned and Nadja finds herself being pushed into a twisted game in which she is both the victim and the murderer.

Sleepless is published by Quercus on 24 June.

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.


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