Whether you're wanting to wrap yourself up in a gorgeous bow of Summer life and love or you're on the lookout for a heady historic blockbuster, you can find it and more in our June highlights. You'll also find an intimate and personal collection of accounts to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

Dive into debuts, carry on with a series or explore the world and yourself with our non-fiction titles while browsing through our summary below.

Fiction Books of the Month

Our Fiction Books of the Month for June include feisty detectives, warm-hearted tales, edge-of-you-seat page-turners and unforgettably provocative and emotionally charged novels. Click to find out more, discover opening extracts and add to your wishlist.

This is Why We Lied by Karin Slaughter - "Add a murder at a secluded luxury mountain retreat together with a whole host of suspects and you’ve got a simply fabulous locked room mystery from one of the best wordsmiths around."

The Mercy Chair by M. W. Craven - "Sending a clarion call out into the world, this crime novel is an absolute humdinger of a read as it throws down a challenge to the reader."

How to Solve Murders Like a Lady by Hannah Dolby - "This feisty lady detective novel set in 1897 is wonderfully quirky and has been created with a beautifully light touch."

The Bookshop Ladies by Faith Hogan - "A charming Irish bookshop provides the backdrop where friendships are formed and secrets are revealed in this warm-hearted tale from Faith Hogan."

Hits Different by Tasha Ghouri, Lizzie Huxley-Jones - "A joyous read about friendship, self-love, bravery and finding yourself. All wrapped up a gorgeous bow of Summer life and love. This will hit you different. In every delightful way."

Identity by Nora Roberts - "With murder and identity theft at its pounding heart, this edge-of-your-seat page-turner is packed with suspense, romance and fresh-start resilience."

Wolves of Winter by Dan Jones - "Bloody battles, merciless conditions, and medieval oligarchs — this heady historic blockbuster featuring a band of 14th-century soldiers is fierce, captivating, and comic with it."

The Light Between Us by Elaine Chiew - "An emotionally astute and provocative speculative romance set in Singapore detailing the connection between a photographer from the 1920’s, and a modern day archivist."

Brotherless Night by V. V. Ganeshananthan - "An unforgettably provocative and emotionally charged novel that delves deeply into a family torn apart by civil war."

Non-Fiction Books of the Month

June brings a host of non-fiction titles to inform and inspire. With the commemorations to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day held this month, we include intimate and personal first hand recollections from June 6th 1944. We also have a nostalgic memoir of a Royal Air Force Pilot featuring personal experience as well as rapid technological advances. You'll also find an interactive journal to meet your budgeting needs, journeys through nature and the power of scent and food.

Discover our non-fiction books of the month for June and shop at the bottom of the page.

The Healing Power of Scent by Ellen Rowland - "A thoughtful and stimulating introduction to scent and aromatherapy when used for its therapeutic effect and overall wellbeing."

Hungry Heart by Clare Finney - "A wonderfully friendly and inclusive book about the connection between food and love, of sharing and caring whether eating separately or together."

From Biplanes to Fast Jets - A pilot’s life in the Royal Air Force 1942–1973 by Ken Aedy - "The Nostalgic Memoir of a Royal Air Force Pilot"

The Heart of the Woods by Wyl Menmuir - "A beautiful journey through our magical woodlands and the lives of those who nurture them."

Rural by Rebecca Smith - "A beautifully thoughtful book, in equal parts memoir, a love letter to our countryside, and examination of what the future holds for rural life."

The Budgeting Journal by Julie Bassett - "An encouraging, thoughtful, and very pretty interactive journal to help with all your budgeting needs over a year."

D-DAY The Oral History by Garrett M. Graff - "Intimate and personal accounts, recollections from 80 years ago when, on 6th June 1944, the Allied invasion to reclaim Europe from the Nazis began. The largest combined air and seaborne invasion ever involved over 150,000 Allied troops and became a critical turning point in WWII. From paratroopers to generals, villagers, to the German defenders, and from Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, this is their story."

Thrive by Richard Sutton - "A fascinating, practical, implementable toolkit to realising your full potential through unlocking and channelling the power of resilience." 

Debuts of the Month

From the brilliantly absurd to the funny and inspiring, our Debuts of the Month are on hand to help you discover brilliant new bookish talent. Read a snippet of our expert reviews below. Click to find out more about each title and order the ones that catch your eye to add to your summer reading pile.

Hard Copy by Fien Veldman - "Brilliantly absurd in its evocation of loneliness and minimum-wage life, this unique debut tells the zeitgeisty story of the relationship between a young woman and a printer."

Something to be Proud Of by Anna Zoe Quirke - "Pride, passion, friendship and fighting back — this YA debut radiates the power of coming together to bring about positive change in funny, inspiring style."

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon - New edition with an introduction by Clare Mackintosh "A charming tale of ordinary folk sweltering in the heat. I loved it."

Unsuitable by Eleanor Medhurst - "Medhurst’s history of lesbian fashion opens the closet on the details and meanings of clothes through the ages for any style-conscious sapphics"

Night Train to Odesa by Jen Stout - "When Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine, millions of lives changed in an instant. During the exodus to escape the military invasion, reporter Jen Stout left her job in Moscow and headed to Romania where she began to cover the human cost of Russian aggression. Her first-hand, vivid reporting brought the war home to readers in Scotland as she reported from front lines and cities across Ukraine. Night Train to Odesa is her highly readable account of that challenge."

Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month

This month our Editorial Expert Liz Robinson has chosen a wide variety of books to sit as her June recommendations. From humdinger crime novels to enthralling, fabulous, fierce and beautiful novels that span from historical fiction through fantasy to art and biography. Scroll to see why Liz chose these books as her favourites for this month.

The Wrong Hands by Mark Billingham - "Smart, decisive, and funny as heck, DS Declan Miller fronts a crime series set in Blackpool that enjoys off the wall storytelling."

Time For Magic by Jamie Reid, Stephen Ellcock, Philip Carr-Gomm, John Marchant - "A beautifully set collection of the work of artist and anarchist Jamie Reid which feels inclusive, provocative, energising and positive."

The King's Witches by Kate Foster - "A fascinating and enthralling tale focusing on three women as accusations of witchcraft run rife during the royal union between Denmark and Scotland in 1589."

Sandwich by Catherine Newman - "Gorgeous! This beautifully memorable and eloquent novel celebrates the life of one family in all its glory while on their summer holiday in Cape Cod."

Sing Me to Sleep by Gabi Burton - "A fabulously fierce and thoughtful fantasy debut for older young adults, featuring murder, prejudice, friendship and romance."

Tiananmen Square by Lai Wen - "Incredibly powerful and moving, this novel is based on the life of the author as she traverses her childhood and teenage years in Beijing during the 70’s and 80’s."

The Theatre of Glass and Shadows by Anne Corlett - "A wonderfully atmospheric and deliciously intriguing mystery set within an alternative history of the theatre district in London."

All Fours by Miranda July - "A bruisingly vibrant and freeing novel that gives incredibly intimate access to an artist as she journeys into mid-life changes."

Star Books

It's June already which means we're halfway through 2024 and the completion of our Books of the Year list. As always these books come with our highest praise and our Star Books category is a great place to start if you don't know which book to pack on your summer holidays.