Sat on the beach with a book that’s not floating your boat? Don’t worry, because we’ve picked out our top summer hotlist of books. In this collection, we’ve chosen a variety of different genres all with a juicy plot to get your teeth into:
The Ibiza collection for summer holiday reading
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – Paul Torday (2007) £1.75
Many say that a book is better than the film adaptation, and this is no exception. This entertaining novel is, according to the Sunday Telegraph, “warmly recommended to anyone searching for feel good comedy with surprising bite.”
Blurb – When he is asked to help create a salmon river in the highlands of the Yemen, Fred rejects the idea as absurd. But the proposal catches the eye of several senior British politicians. And so Fred finds himself forced to figure out how to fly ten thousand salmon to a desert country – and persuade them to swim there…
And when did you last see your father? – Blake Morrison (1993) £2
Is an emotional memoir what you normally go for? Even if it isn’t, Morrison’s tale will have you feeling all of the emotions, and will trigger you to relive memories of your own, which you can daydream about in the sun.
Blurb – First published in 1993, Blake Morrison’s novel is an extraordinary portrait of family life, father-son relationships and bereavement. It became a bestseller, has been translated into several languages and inspired a whole genre of confessional memoirs.
The ground beneath her feet – Salman Rushdie (2000) £2.50
Rushdie’s fantastic novel retells the myth of Orpheus into a story of passion through music and heartbreak. You’ll be “Rush”ing back from your holiday to pick up another of his intellectually stimulating novels… and booking your next holiday for a tour of Ancient Greece.
Blurb – Vina Apsara, a famous and much loved singer with a wild and irresistible voice, is caught up in a devastating earthquake and never seen again. This is her story, and that of Ormus Cama, the lover who finds, loses, seeks and again finds her, over and over throughout his own extraordinary life in music. The story of a love that stretches across their whole lives, and even beyond death.
Surprise Me – Sophie Kinsella (2018) £2.50
The much loved author of the ‘Shopaholic series’ is a worthy addition to the collection with this utterly relatable comedic read. “Packed full of surprises”, you’ll be cracking up next to a nice cocktail and will be sunny-spirited for the rest of your holiday with this novel!
Blurb – After being together for ten years, Sylvia and Dan have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other – until it’s mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years. They quickly decide to create little surprises for each other, but gradually the surprises turn to shocking discoveries…
Getting rid of Matthew – Jane Fallon (2007) £2
This light-hearted and comical story is one full of surprise and laughter. A truly modern tale of a very modern relationship.
Blurb – When Matthew, Helen’s lover of the past four years, finally decides to leave his wife Sophie (and their two daughters) and move into Helen’s flat, she should be over the moon. The only trouble is, she doesn’t want him anymore. Now she has to figure out how to get rid of him…
The Painted Bridge- Wendy Wallace (2012) £1.50
If you are a fan of historical fiction, then The Painted Bridge will be right up your street. This chilling novel will have you questioning your own sanity, and will definitely be impossible to put down once you’ve started it.
Blurb – Behind a high stone wall on the outskirts of London lies Lake House, a private asylum for women. Tricked by her husband, Anna Palmer becomes its newest patient just weeks into her marriage. The longer Anna remains at Lake House, the more she realises that no one and nothing is quite as it appears. Not her fellow patients, her husband, her family – not even herself.
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