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Hol­i­days are the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to catch up on your read­ing, here are some great ideas for the sum­mer

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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…

ORI­GIN

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.

THE BREAK

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’

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