Critics choose the BEST books this summer

British authors and Daily Mail critics reveal their selection of the best books this summer to pack for your holiday. Choose from thrillers, crime, literary fiction, chick flicks, children's and more. Pictured clockwise from top left: The Leavers by Lisa Ko, Firefly by Henry Porter, Bee Boy by Tony De Saulles, Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearse, Circe by Madeline Miller, Warlight by Michael Ondaatje, Sourdough by Robin Sloan and Acts Of Infidelity by Lena Andersson.

Nearly a quarter of a century after his premature death at the age of 45, Simon Cadell's voice can still be heard echoing along some platforms of the London Underground.

Beck Dorey-Stein, a 25-year-old graduate living in Washington DC, was just hoping for her applications to be noticed but then she got an email about a stenographer job working for President Obama.

Matt Haig is a self- confessed addict and in his new book he discusses some of the compulsions he struggles with like checking his smartphone; posting on social media and watching TV.

Novelist Louisa Young's great love was the composer Robert Lockhart who died after a lifetime of struggle with alcohol and who was a shadow of himself upon his death at the age of 52.

The rich gathered on the Riviera to worship the sun and - until WWII spoiled their fun

Barry Dierks and Eric Sawyer (pictured right) built new homes in the South of France for the rich and titled which attracted the likes of the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson (pictured left) - before the outbreak of the Second World War. The stories of the parties on the Riviera before the war and the experiences of Dierks and Sawyer are highlighted in a new book titled Riviera Dreaming (pictured inset).

Author Jonathan Drori explores the relationship between humans and trees in a new nature book. He examines everything from goats climbing trees to the Szechuan pepper.

Drummer Kenney Jones recalls his rise to fame from a poor-but-happy Fifties childhood in London's East End in a new book. He revealed buying a drum kit at age 13 changed his life.

Rebecca Front revealed her thoughts on life's absurdities in a new book. She admits to having a fascination with the lives of others as she constantly watches people and eavesdrops.

This series of All You Need to Know books see two 100-page summaries of World War II and of the British empire. Though short, both are still gripping reads filled with anecdotes.

Susannah Walker recalls her upbringing and the extent of her mother's hoarding in a memoir. Her mother held on to every dead battery and bank statement in reaction to a lifetime of loss.

Andrew Sinclair reveals episodes from his life and encounters with celebrity peers including Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in his memoir. He says he drinks in the praise of his peers.

David Itzkoff recalls the life of acting sensation Robin Williams in a new biography. Robin who died in 2014 by suicide as his health began deteriorating starred in over eighty movies during his life time.

Jaron Lanier discusses the impact of social media on our free will in a new book. He believes many people are addicted to social media and it has the power to influence our moods and beliefs.

Vera Brittain documented her experience of working as a nurse during World War I in her bestselling memoir. To mark the centenary of the Armistice, her bestseller, Testament Of Youth is being reissued.

How Sherlock’s creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle unravelled a REAL murder

Oscar Slater had spent 16 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit when he passed a note to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (pictured left) through the dentures of another inmate - he was eventually freed thanks to the efforts of the Sherlock Holmes creator (pictured right). 82-year-old spinster Marion Gilchrist was living in a large flat in a prosperous neighbourhood of Glasgow and was bludgeoned to death. Though Slater was originally jailed, the actual culprit was never found.

Les Hinton recalls his rise to fame and success under the eyes of Rupert Murdoch in a new memoir. He begun working for the mogul as a messenger boy and worked his way up to an executive.

Neuroscientist Dean Burnett reveals how the brain works through full scientific accounts in a new book. He claims when we fall in love the ability to think critically and detect threats are suppressed.

Oxford historian Marc Mulholland recalls the murders conducted by French exile Emmanuel Barthélemy during 1854 in a new book. Barthélemy's overcoat was displayed after his execution.

Leading anatomist and forensic anthropologist Sue Black, gives an insight into her life and career in a new book on death. She recalls the first time she dissected a corpse and her parents death.

Marc Bekoff examines the various ways dogs communicate and behave in a new science book. He questions the possibility that dogs are able to form more complex emotions than humans.

Author Graham Hoyland examines the Daily Mail's £1 million expedition through the Himalayas in search of the Abominable Snowman during 1954. Rumours of the creature began circulating in 1832.

A sparkling WIT but a terrible husband: Dr Johnson

Author Henry Hitchings uncovers the life of 18th century man-of-letters Samuel Johnson (pictured left) in a new book (pictured inset). Samuel whose sayings became famous and much quoted made a name for himself by seeking bookish accomplishments. Henry reveals Samuel (pictured right) was busy establishing himself as a literary agent when his wife Tetty, died in 1752. Samuel didn't attend her funeral or visit her grave for more than a year.

Dorian Bond was given the opportunity to work closely with actor and director Orson Welles as an unpaid factotum in 1968. He shares the other side of the glamorous icon in a new memoir.

Head Lass at Micky Hammond Racing stables in Middleham Gemma Hogg, reveals the highs and lows of working in the world of horse racing in a new book. She claims to be 'living the dream'.

Trevor Cox examines the research surrounding communication in a new book. He reveals the reason why female voices including the Queen may have become deeper and the future of AI.

Christie Watson qualified as a nurse during the nineties. She recalls her 20 year career in a new memoir as she relives the challenges of being undervalued while working in an unsafe environment.

Daniel Smith examines 'The Ardlamont Mystery' and it's influence on the creation of Sherlock Holmes in a new book. He claims expert witnesses of the time were inspiration for the fictional detective.