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Ah, the summer break is upon us, which means a riveting read or five. Whether you’re home or abroad, escape with a book!

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EDITED BY ALI ROFF. MAIN REVIEWS: EITHNE FARRY. PHOTOGRAPHS: GETTY IMAGES. FOR STOCKISTS, SEE PAGE 127

Old Baggage

By Lissa Evans (Doubleday, £14.99) Middle-aged Mattie Simpkin was a suffragette; she was arrested, imprisoned and force-fed in her fight to win women the vote. Now, she has excess energy, with no outlet for her indefatigable fighting spirit.

An encounter with an old campaigning friend, who reveals her militant past, rekindles her enthusiasm and she starts a club for girls, the leftleaning, all-inclusive Amazons, who meet for adventures of all kinds, until Mattie infuriates and alienates those around her. It’s a captivating read, wryly caustic about complacency and its consequences.

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