Summer reading - with Jane Corry

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday to you - Credit: Archant

This month, I’ve rounded up some intriguing books for the whole family, writes Jane Corry. See you on the beach!

Little Farm

Little Farm - Credit: Archant

THE DATE by Louise Jensen. Sphere. £13.99

When Ali splits up from her husband, her friends persuade her to go on a blind date.

But when she wakes up the next morning, everything is different. Ali can’t recognize herself in the mirror, or her friends and family. But the worst thing is that she can’t recognise the person who is trying to destroy her. A psychological suspense novel which will keep you on the edge of your seat.

How to Keep Safe.

How to Keep Safe. - Credit: Archant

HOW TO KEEP SAFE by Jo Fitzgerald. Tiny Sponges £10.99

Children don’t always know what is safe and what isn’t.

This is a rhyming story about a boy and a dog and his family, designed for parents to read to four to nine year olds. ‘The book helps to ease worry and anxiety and opens up difficult conversations between parents and children,’ says the author who is a teacher, blogger and parental advisor. Clever idea.

DK Farm

DK Farm - Credit: Archant

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GIRL, BALANCING AND OTHER STORIES by Helen Dunmore. Hutchinson £20

Short stories can be extremely comforting.

They don’t take long to read yet they can be as entertaining and thought-provoking as a novel. This collection, however, is particularly special. The nationally-acclaimed author – from the South West – died a year ago, aged only 64. When she knew the end was in sight, she apparently suggested to her family that there might be enough unpublished short stories for a book. There’s something here for everyone, whatever your taste.

Girl Balancing

Girl Balancing - Credit: Archant

THE DEATH OF MRS WESTAWAY by Ruth Ware. Harvill Secker £12.99

Harriet Westaway – otherwise known as Hal – tells fortunes on the pier to earn a living.

But it isn’t enough to make ends meet, especially as she has a large loan to pay back. Then a letter arrives from a lawyer to say she’s inherited a large sum of money from her grandmother who has ‘recently died’. What’s going on? Hal’s grandmother died over 20 years. The letter must have been intended for another Harriet Westaway. But can Hal convince the authorities that she is entitled to the money? Stranger things have happened when it comes to wills….

The Death of Mrs Westaway

The Death of Mrs Westaway - Credit: Archant

A TINY LITTLE STORY; FARM by Lisa ones & Edward Underwood. Nosy Crow £10.99

This is a charming cloth book for babies and toddler to encourage recognition of animal sounds and early counting.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU by Nicola Slater. Nosy Crow £10.99

The Date

The Date - Credit: Archant

Four friends are going to a birthday party.

Help them press the buttons to hear their different instruments. My little tester loved this!

DK BRAILLE LEGO DUPLO FARM . Dorling Kindersley £9.99

Are you a visually-impaired parent?

If so, this book might be for you. It has large type printed alongside braille with some lovely illustrations.

Jane Corry’s latest novel THE DEAD EX published by Penguin is a Sunday Times best-seller.