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The words

Books were made for sunshine; a glass of cool lemonade – with a dash of gin and a slice of lemon perhaps – and a pair of sunglasses, and we’ll be content for hours…

All Among The Barley

By Melissa Harrison (Bloomsbury, £16.99)

Edie is 14, and alive to the magical beauty of her family’s farm, deep in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. Wych Farm ‘was a world of ancient and immovable rhythms and beliefs’ but the shocks of the First World War and the Depression have made the family uneasy.

Imaginative Edie is wondering what to do with her life, and the arrival of charming Constance Fitz Allen, who’s researching fading rural traditions, brings a breath of fresh air. But Fitz Allen isn’t all she seems, and Edie finds herself caught between two worlds. A heartbreaker of a book.

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