Holiday Destinations: which book belongs in your suitcase?
We’re finally having that global-warming-induced fabulous summer. The sun is beaming down and a mirage appears: you’re reclining by the pool with a large glass of perfectly chilled rosé, a tantalizing book within your beautifully bronzed hands.
Whether you’re enjoying the sunshine at home or traveling abroad, a good book is essential to the summer hols. Whether you want to immerse yourself in your new surroundings, or employ some bookish escapism from City life, we think we’ve got something for everyone, below!
Monsieur Pamplemousse & the Tangled Web by Michael Bond
-A light-hearted detective novel, you are guaranteed to discover the charm of Paris with Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound, Pommes Frites.
Evil for Evil by Aline Templeton
-Captivating not only for its numerous plot twists, Templeton creates a vivid picture of Scotland with expert description.
Deadly Legacy by Alanna Knight
-Set in Edinburgh 1901, this tale of discovery is fast paced and enticing, embodying theatre, Royal history, and personal obligation.
For South Africa:
Shifting Colours by Fiona Sussman
-Set against the backdrop of apartheid South Africa, Miriam, having been taken to England, begins a journey to rediscover her home, her family and herself.
Amistad by David Pesci
-This gripping novel is based on a true story on slavery and portrays one the first battles for civil rights. Compelling and harrowing this novel demands to be read.
For the Cotswolds:
Trouble in the Cotswolds by Rebecca Tope
-The latest in The Cotswold Mystery series, this book will liven up your holiday! The serenity of the idyllic countryside is disrupted by murder and mystery.
Black Lies, Red Blood by Kjell Eriksson
-Part of the Inspector Ann Lindell series, this is one for Dragon Tattoo fans, less brutal, this novel creates the same searing tension and mystery that brought Larsson to fame.
The War of the Dragon Lady by John Wilcox
-Part of the Simon Fonthill series, this is one for action junkies. Fast-paced and thrilling, the moving camaraderie of the main trio makes this China-based novel even more engaging.
For a great, all-round beach read:
The First Day of the Rest of my Life by Cathy Lamb
-Madeline O’Shea is a life-coach, who conceals her past for fear it will ruin her present. But Madeline may not be the only one keeping secrets. Empowering and passionate, this is a great girlie read.
Molly’s Millions by Victoria Connelly
-Molly wins the lottery and goes Robin Hood on the world and tours the English countryside determined to give. Gloriously funny and romantic, this may well be the perfect Summer read!