We asked four prominent Australians which books are on their summer reading list, from all-time favourites to something a little newer.

Whether your New Year's resolution is to read more, or your perfect summer has always involved a beach towel and a good book, this list has you covered. Literary classics; new crime epics; hysterically funny memoir; history – it's all in here.

So pull up a deck chair – or settle into that comfy couch beside the air conditioner – and get lost in the pages recommended by Shaun Micallef, Benjamin Law, Jacqueline Hunt and Montana Cox.