Holidays are the perfect opportunity to catch up on your reading, here are some great ideas for the summer
Top books to take on your holiday
Packing your suitcase for your holiday? Never mind your swimmers, flip flops and sunglasses – make sure you include a good book to keep you entertained on the plane, by the pool and for those wonderful moments of uninterrupted relaxation. Jarrold book buyer Chris Rushby has 10 great recommendations for a great summer of reading from spy thrillers and Russian history to moving stories and warm comedy.
WHISTLE IN THE DARK
Emma Healey, Viking, £12.99 In the long-awaited second novel by Norwich-based Emma Healey, author of the prize-winning bestseller
Elizabeth Is Missing, a daughter is found after going missing for four desperate days, but won’t talk about what happened. Her mother has to turn detective as family life disintegrates…
Dan Brown, Corgi, £7.99 (published July 12) The term ‘international blockbuster’ is perfect to describe Dan Brown’s books. His thrillers have sold millions around the world and have been turned into major films starring Tom Hanks. Readers know absolutely what they’re getting with Dan Brown and you won’t be disappointed with his latest.
Marian Keyes, Penguin, £7.99 Marian Keyes’ readers tend to know what they’re likely to get from one of the nation’s bestselling authors: addiction, depression, domestic violence, illness, in all likelihood. But above all her books are filled with humour, hope and compassion and this engaging book is no different.
A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL
John Preston, Penguin, £8.99 The acclaimed screen adaptation with Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw was must watch television, but here’s the splendid book on which the drama was based. The fascinating and compelling story of the Jeremy Thorpe murder trial, one of the big political scandals of our time, told as grippingly as the plot of any thriller.
‘The fascinating and compelling story of the Jeremy Thorpe murder trial told as grippingly as the plot of any thriller’
A LEGACY OF SPIES
John le Carré, Penguin, £8.99 The master storyteller is back with a new novel featuring his most famous creation, George Smiley. In some sense a sequel to The spy who came in from the cold this book shows an author still on top form and turning out thrillers of the highest quality.
THIS IS GOING TO HURT
Adam Kay, Picador, £8.99 The author of this book was a junior hospital doctor and it is an excruciatingly funny (and sometimes simply excruciating) account of life in the beleaguered NHS. In spite of the bureaucracy and pain, though, this hilarious, thought-provoking book may just restore your faith in human nature.
THE DARK ANGEL
Elly Griffiths, Quercus, £7.99 (published July 12) Our favourite writer of Norfolk-set crime is back, with the tenth book in the series featuring Dr Ruth Galloway. This time the action switches between Norfolk and Italy, but there are the usual twists and turns of plot and the will-they-won’t-they of Ruth and Harry Nelson’s relationship.
A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW
Amor Towles, Windmill Books, £8.99 Hard to explain how a book set during the Russian Revolution and on through Stalin’s purges can be an uplifting comedy, but this book manages it. The novel is charming, intelligent, moving. Saying it is like Wodehouse rewriting Tolstoy would be a bit misleading – but there’s an element of that!
INTO THE WATER
Paula Hawkins, Black Swan, £7.99
The Girl on the train was a huge success, introducing the world to Paula Hawkins’ psychological thrillerwriting talent. Now at last we have the follow-up and if you loved the multiple narrators of the previous book you’re in for much, much more of the same in its dark successor.
ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE
Gail Honeyman, HarperCollins, £7.99 A word-of-mouth bestseller, as booksellers say, people read the book and tell others just how funny, moving and uplifting it is, and this is the perfect example. This wonderful book won the Costa First Novel award and its story of a strange, friendless woman in a dead-end job sounds inherently dull, but it really is quite the opposite.
‘Hard to explain how a book set during the Russian Revolution and on through Stalin’s purges can be an uplifting comedy, but this book manages it’