Holidays offer a rare opportunity in our busy lives to immerse ourselves in the new world of a novel. If you’re looking for the perfect book for your 2018 holiday, here are some of our top picks for summer reads, whether you’re jetting off to the continent or indulging in a UK staycation.


Summer reads for holidays in Europe


The Island

A family saga set on Crete and the nearby island of Spinalonga, home to a leper colony in the 40s and 50s, The Island is the story of two sisters, their lives and loves in the face of this cruel disease, and a young woman trying to discover her history. Perfectly conjuring up the Cretan culture, this is an absorbing read for a stay on the island, and you can even take a day trip to Spinalonga itself.


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A Good Year

Max Skinner, a recently unemployed financier from London, leaves his old world behind to pursue a new life as a wine-maker in Provence when he inherits a vineyard from his late uncle Harry. Problems are overcome, friendships established and romance flourishes amid vivid descriptions of the country’s landscapes, food and wine. The perfect light read to dip into while relaxing in your château between wine tastings.


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Summer reads for holidays in the UK


A Cottage By The Sea

A charming story of friendship and love set in South Wales, A Cottage by the Sea sees old friends Grace, Ella and Flick reunite in a cottage by the coast with their respective partners, as over the course of a week, amid exploring their surroundings, new relationships are formed and secrets are unveiled. Beautifully evoking the Pembrokeshire countryside, this is a holiday in a novel.


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A Summer at Sea

Emily loves her life as a single career woman working as a midwife, but is craving a change of scenery, so when her pregnant friend asks her to help out in the kitchen of her puffer boat for the summer she jumps at the chance. Soon she’s getting stuck in on deck and making friends with the locals, including Alasdair, the handsome local doctor . . . A charming summer romance perfect for a Scottish getaway.


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