Holiday reads 2023: the best books for summer
From sun-soaked romances to the most gripping crime and thriller books, here are the very best 2023 holiday reads across every genre.
Whether summer 2023 is about jetting off to a far-flung destination, day trips with the family, or long lazy days in the garden with friends, we’ve carefully curated our edit of the best books to get lost in this holiday season. From immersive literary reads to fantasy novels that will take you to another world, chilling thrillers to feel-good stories of friendship and romance, here are the best holiday reads of 2023 to add to your packing list.
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‘A winning combination of big emotions and didn't-see-that-coming twist.’Good Housekeeping
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Holidays are the perfect time to become engrossed in a long book or to allow yourself to be transported to a different time and place by an immersive novel. These literary books will certainly fit the bill.
‘The book of the moment . . . It’s so good — funny, sexy, unafraid, brilliantly nuanced, completely unputdownable.’100 Best Books of the Summer 2023, The Times
‘Brilliant . . . Destined to be known as one of the great puzzle-box novels, it’s the cleverest of conceits, wrapped up in a page-turner.’Telegraph
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Travel back in time, from Victorian London to the Blitz, with riveting historical fiction which is sure to keep you spellbound whether at home or away.
‘One of the best pieces of historical fiction I have ever read.’@bookishreadsme
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‘Extraordinarily daring . . . a remarkable novel, an almost visionary celebration of the death-defying power of the women’s love.’Sunday Times
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Escape into a gripping new thriller or crime novel this summer. Here are the books that are sure to keep you on the edge of your sunbed.
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‘Set to be the hottest read of 2023, The Villa is a scorching, smouldering, turbo-charged cocktail of sun, sex and secrets. Ruth Kelly has redefined the airport thriller for our times. Fantastic!’Veronica Henry
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If you can't get away from it all in a literal sense, make your escape in the form of some fantasy reading.
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‘Scarlet is utterly stunning. The intrigue and adventure keep you turning the page in this exciting tale of revolution, vampires and the guillotine. ’T. L. Huchu
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