Kathryn Hughes

The Joy of Paperbacks

May is the month for paperbacks. Autumn and spring are given over to the gravitas of hardback publication, when all the year’s big-hitting titles arrive in their stiff-backed pomp. But early summer is the time when the mood lightens and softens and along comes a host of brightly coloured paperbacks. Some of these will be the usual holiday fare – chick lit, generic thrillers, behind-the-scenes at the SAS – but others will simply be an earlier hardback re-dressed in a new summer uniform. 

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