Podcasts & Books

This Summer’s Best Holiday Reads

By Hannah Silverton
4th Jan 2015

The year is ending, the holidays are approaching, that sun drenched deck chair is calling and distant Aunt Mildred has sweetly given you a book voucher for Christmas. 

So which tantalising page-turners are going to keep you entertained/heart-warmed/perched on the end of your lilo over those blissful out of office days?

Whether you're a romantic, a historian or a thriller lover, we've got you covered for 2015 book club material. 

The State We’re In, Adele Parks

If you're jumping on a plane this summer, Adele Parks' perfect poolside read might make you look at the passenger next to you in a different light. A starry-eyed optimist and an unwavering cynic are sat beside each other on a flight from London to Chicago. It sounds like a recipe for an eight-hour disaster, but turns out there may be some truth in that old myth, ‘opposites attract’.  

Suite Français, Irène Némirovsky

A soon to be released film, Suite Français, is well worth getting in paperback before you see Margot Robbie and Michelle Williams (of Dawson's Creek not Destiny's Child fame) perform it on the big screen. Set in Nazi occupied Paris, a French Villager and German Soldier find themselves (rather inconveniently) in love. This context of war-torn Europe was eerily close to home for Irène Némirovsky, who herself was sent to Auschwitz and never got to see this masterwork come to life. 

The Signature Of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert

Tasked with the incredibly tough job of succeeding the extraordinary mania that was Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert has crossed over to fiction and even back in time to the 1800s. Nevertheless, her themes of adventure and discovery are timeless. She whisks us across London, Peru, Philadelphia, Tahiti and Amsterdam, meeting an array of colourful characters along the way.

The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith

Robert Galbraith not too familiar to you? What if we said you may well know his real life alter ego, a little author by the name of J K Rowling? Under a new alias, he/she has penned a debut mystery novel featuring an Afghani war veteran investigator, a dead supermodel, and a sordid crime to be solved. 

The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson 

"It's my party and I can climb out of the window if I want to." This is the attitude of one hundred year old Allan Karlsson who does not fancy attending the celebration that has been thrown for him. The elderly gentleman makes his escape in slippers and embarks on a journey that reveals his eventful past in the scenes of many landmark 20th Century events. 

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

No doubt the lure of Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris has Gone Girl well and truly on your radar. However, the book upon which it is based was a New York Times bestseller for a very, very good reason. Go get a copy before everyone else on the beach beats you to it – it’s bound to be the must-read of the season. 

The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion

Socially challenged (but strangely charming) narrator, Don Tillman has barely made it beyond a first date, but when told he could make a wonderful husband, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. On paper she will be logical, punctual and a tee-totaller. But life has other plans...

And The Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

If you loved The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, chances are you'll be just as enraptured by Hosseini's latest novel. If you’re having a family-heavy Christmas, it’s a goodie for reminding us of all the lessons to be learnt between generations.

Image credit: Simon Cocks

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