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10 Bestselling Books To Read This July

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1 of 10|The Black Widow|Daniel Silva
2 of 10|Crisis of Character|Gary Byrne
3 of 10|The Boys In The Boat|Daniel James Brown
4 of 10|Just Mercy|Bryan Stevenson
5 of 10|Modern Romance|Aziz Ansari
6 of 10|Outliers|Malcolm Gladwell
7 of 10|End Of Watch|Stephen King
8 of 10|Harry Potter And The Cursed Child|J.K. Rowling
9 of 10|Before The Fall|Noah Hawley
10 of 10|Dark Matter|Blake Crouch

If you’re still battling through Dry July, stuck on a boring business trip or perhaps need a digital detox from Pokémon Go then you’ve come to the right place. 2016 has been a fantastic year for magnificent bastard-approved reading material, and we’re only halfway through.

From international thrillers to political tell-alls, and sci-fi cult classics, there’s plenty of juicy literature to cut your teeth on this month. Check out our list below of the most exciting new reads and bestselling books to get stuck into this July.

#1 The Black Widow

“A network of terror. A web of deceit. A deadly game of vengeance.” Daniel Silva’s The Black Widow follows the story of Gabriel Allon, an art restorer, spy, and assasin, posed to become the chief of Israrel’s secret intelligence service, but not before he is lured into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.

Described by Publishers Weekly as “Fascinating, suspenseful, and bated-breath exciting,” ‘The Black Widow’ is a bit James Bond meets Jason Bourne and is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat this month.

Release Date: July 2016

#2 Crisis Of Character

Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience With Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate is not only pretty self-explanatory and a mouthful, it’s one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month and claims to be the most anticipated book of the 2016 election.

Posted directly outside President Clinton’s Oval office, Former Secret Service uniformed officer Gary Byrne reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton’s character and the culture inside the White House while protecting the First Family in Crisis of Character, perfect for anyone who wants that political dirt.

Release Date: June 2016

#3 The Boys In The Boat

#1 New York Times-bestseller, The Boys In The Boat retells the improbably, intimate story of how 9 working-class boys from American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what “true grit really meant”.

The team, made up of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers were an unlikely bunch but went on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. It’s a story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times, and has even become the inspiration for the forthcoming PBS documentary “Boys of ’36”. Perfect for anyone who needs a little mid-year kick up the arse.

Release Date: May 2014

#4 Just Mercy

From “one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time” comes Just Mercy, an unforgettable account of Bryan Stevenson’s career. Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship.

It’s a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a harsh wake up call about our often broken system of justice, ideal for those who are fighting for peace.

Release Date: October 2014

#5 Modern Romance

You know you’re in for a laugh when comedian Aziz Ansari decides he’d like to pen a book. Surprisingly, though, Modern Romance is rather thought-provoking as well.

For Modern Romance, Ansari teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg for a massive research project that involved interviews and focus groups conducted all over the world, from Tokyo to Buenos Aires, to question love in our 21st-century world. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Modern romance is a hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of love without taking itself too seriously. If you’re single and want a giggle or two, this one is for you.

Release Date: June 2016

#6 Outliers

Looking for more success in your life? Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers is a good place to start. For his third non-fiction book, Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success.

Outliers examines the causes of why the majority of Canadian ice hockey players are born in the first few months of the year, how Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates achieved his extreme wealth, how The Beatles became one of the most successful musical acts in human history, how cultural differences play a large part in perceived intelligence and rational decision making, and how two people with exceptional intelligence can end up with such vastly different fortunes. It’s an all-encompassing thought-provoking book for determined people who want to ask the question ‘but, why?’

Release Date: November 2008

#7 End Of Watch

Stephen King brings his Hodges trilogy to a terrifying conclusion with End Of Watch, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding, supernatural suspense that has been his bestselling trademark.

In End Of Watch, the diabolical ‘Mercedes Killer’ drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don’t figure out a way to stop him, they’ll be victims themselves. An unnerving look at human vulnerability, End Of Watch is perfect for those who love a bit of suspense.

Release Date: June 2016

#8 Harry Potter & The Cursed Child

“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children”. Harry Potter & The Cursed Child is the 8th story in the Harry Potter series and is based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany to be presented on stage in London’s West End this month.

Channel your inner Harry Potter-obsessed teen with this new read, where past and present fuse ominously and father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Release Date: July 2016

#9 Before The Fall

From the creator of the Emmy award-winning TV series Fargo comes Before The Fall, a story of what happens before a private plane full of rich passengers plunges out of the sky into the ocean.

With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members, questions are raised. Was it merely by dumb chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work? Before The Fall sounds a bit like an episode of Lost, but we think that is nothing to complain about. With questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together, Before The Fall is your new guilty pleasure.

Release Date: May 2016

#10 Dark Matter

“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Dessen is just a regular 40-year-old guy who is one day drugged and kidnapped and wakes up to find he’s in a very different life.

Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale described as “once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human – a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.”

Release Date: July 2016

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