Summer has finally arrived in Glasgow and so thank you to all who braved the stifling heat of the room we meet in (maybe we should move to the park with a pitcher of Pimm's next time eh )
But it is perfect weather for lounging in the park with a good book and here are the chosen ones for next month;
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. Nominated by Steve.
Written by Naoki Higashida when he was only thirteen, this remarkable book explains the often baffling behaviour of autistic children and shows the way they think and feel - such as about the people around them, time and beauty, noise, and themselves. Naoki abundantly proves that autistic people do possess imagination, humour and empathy, but also makes clear, with great poignancy, how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding.
David Mitchell and his wife have translated Naoki's book so that it might help others dealing with autism, and generally illuminate a little-understood condition. Like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, it gives us an exceptional chance to enter the mind of another and see the world from a strange and fascinating perspective.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Nominated by David.
An epic allegorical novel chronicling the fortunes of two families as they try to escape the sins of their forbears, the Penguin Modern Classics edition of John Steinbeck's East of Eden is introduced by David Wyatt.
'There is only one book to a man,' Steinbeck wrote of East of Eden, his most ambitious novel. Set in the rich farmland of the Salinas Valley, California, this powerful, often brutal novel, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations hopelessly re-enact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence.
Happy, sunny reading everyone.
Other books nominated this month:
The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach
The Sea by John Banville
A Time to Kill by John Grisham
Nineteen Minuts by Jodi Picoult
The Flanders Panel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold