Hot weather is a narrative device as old as time, but scenes of the stickiest season are taking on ominous new undertones in modern fiction. Lauren Bravo explores how literature’s love affair with the long, hot summer is changing.
From Irvine Welsh to Helen Fielding to - of course - Kingsley Amis, capturing the unique terror of one-too-many is a challenge many fine writers have taken up, with deeply enjoyable results.
They broke boundaries and challenged conceptions. We asked you for your must-read classics; from timeless non-fiction to iconic bestsellers, these are your essential recommends. Books ranked in no particular order. Jump to: 25 | 50 | 75 | 100
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 -1940) is widely considered the poet laureate of the Jazz Age. He wrote many short stories and four novels, This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender is the Night and The Great Gatsby. An unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon, was published posthumously.