Vote for the YSJ Big Summer Read 2020

The YSJ Big Summer Read short-list is here!

After a week of nominations, our Editorial Team have whittled the many suggestions down to the following four texts. Below you can find the texts and the testimonials that got them nominated. 

Choose wisely, and once you’ve decided which texts get your vote you can let us know either by voting here or at our Twitter poll.


Novel Writers: Candice Carty-Williams - Spike Island

Candice Carty-Williams , Queenie

Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. Modern, readable, funny and thought provoking. This debut novel has been nominated for 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Costa first novel award 2019.

Naomi Alderman, Disobedience        

By the age of 32, Ronit has left London and transformed her life. But the death of her father and a confrontation with her teenage girlfriend force to reflect on all she has left behind.

Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood        

A look at relationships and mental health in people of our age group. Gorgeously written.


Albert Camus, The Plague

This book is extremely apt at this time, as well as a gripping read that contains philosophical elements.