Summer reads ideas from Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry’s 2021 summer reads Seira Wilson | August 23, 2021

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Stephen Fry is a well-known actor, comedian, and writer who lent his witty voice to the gods in a three-volume series of books called Stephen Fry’s Greek Myths, in which he retells stories of ancient mythology with a fresh perspective and entertaining style.The first two volumes, Mythos and Heroes, have been reader favorites, and the recently released final book in the trio, Troy, is another winner. All three books would make excellent beach towel companions, in my opinion. We asked Fry for books he recommends as we stretch out summer for as long as possible.

“Here are four books that I think are made for the beach towel, the sun lounger and—while waiting for your family to come down—the hotel bar and lobby.”


Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New Yorkby Francis Spufford4.1 out of 5 stars. 1328 reviews. (1328)

Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York

A reviewer somewhere called it the best 18th century novel since the 18th century. It is to be praised and prized for the energy, bounce and wit of the prose, the deft characterization, and its brilliantly triumphant recreation of New York City in the mess, wonder and filth of its birth throes.VIEW BOOK DETAILS >


Mike Nichols: A Lifeby Mark Harris4.7 out of 5 stars. 966 reviews. (966)

Mike Nichols: A Life

The comic creator, writer, actor, and director Mike Nichols bestrode Broadway and Hollywood like few others in history. This is a great portrait of a singularly talented and driven man that quite beautifully recreates and illuminates the social, cultural, comic, theatrical, cinematic background of its subject from the 1940s through to the 21st century.VIEW BOOK DETAILS >


Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brainby David Eagleman4.7 out of 5 stars. 662 reviews. (662)

Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain

I love books about neuroscience, cognitive psychology, philosophy of mind, call it what you will—books about the human brain and the mind that (apparently) lives within it. And no one writes more clearly, authoritatively, and engagingly on this fascinating subject than David Eagleman, whose previous books SumThe Brain and Incognito have taught me a huge amount. Livewired enlivens and illumines current thinking on the mysterious and enthralling ability of the brain to adapt, fix, adjust, rebuild, and recalibrate itself. Beautifully written and surprisingly, powerfully hopeful.VIEW BOOK DETAILS >


One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Timeby Craig Brown4.6 out of 5 stars. 2032 reviews. (2032)

One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time

A ridiculously addictive achievement, Craig Brown looks with kaleidoscope eyes at the story of The Beatles over the years from the first meeting of the four youths through to the acrimony and black comedy of their breakup. It’s a hilarious, eye-popping, and wholly satisfying experience—like pigging out on a huge box of expensive, handmade chocolates.VIEW BOOK DETAILS >

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