South Africa is blessed with winter sun – sun so bright and warm that when you’re outside you forget that it’s midwinter. Lately, we’ve taken to spending the weekends outside in the sun, sprawled out, reading. The fresh air, Vitamin C and warmth make escaping into otherworlds that much more enjoyable. In June we read a fair amount of books, five of which were particularly good. If you’re looking for a really good read, here are our picks from June. 

Supercommunicators

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Recommended by Feige

Supercommunicators is a not to miss book from Charles Duhigg – the author who wrote The OG and best book about habits. In Supercommunicators, Charles Duhigg unravels the art and science behind successful communication. This book will change the way you think about what to say and how to say it.

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Private Equity

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Recommended by Zissy

Heralded as the memoir of the year, Private Equity is Carrie Sun’s story of ambition, boundaries, burnout and dreams. As the assistant to the founder of one of the most prestigious Private Equity firms on Wall Street, Carrie had a front row ticket to the who’s who of big money. A dream job. Until it wasn’t. It’s impossible to read her story and not just emphasise but relate – she speaks for so many. 

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You Are Here

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Recommended by Feige

In this novel, Marnie and Michael find themselves alone in terrible English weather on an epic walk towards self growth and new friendship. It’s the most mature and ‘realistic’ romance novel I have read. It might take you a while to appreciate it, but it’s worth the wait.

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The Graces

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Recommended by Zissy

A historical novel that surprised me in the best way, the Graces follows Rosaleen Moore. After being banished from her small town she ends up at her Aunt in Dublin and finds herself at the centre of a group of spiritualists where she becomes revered as a healer and prophetess. It’s all consuming with an ending that gives you the perfect full circle moment. 

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How to Solve Your Own Murder

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Recommended by Zissy

A murder mystery unlike any other, How to Solve Your Own Murder is witty, original and utterly captivating. The victim, Frances, spent her life trying to prevent her own murder (after a psychic informed her it would be her demise). No one believed her until she was murdered, leaving behind an inheritance worth millions to be given to the person who solves her murder. 

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