Essential summer reading for every kind of holiday

11 June 2015

By Pan Macmillan

Holiday season is fast approaching, and with it the difficult decision of which book to pack in your suitcase. Thankfully, we've done all the hard work for you and teamed up the perfect reading suggestion for every type of holiday. So whether you're looking for a gripping beach read, long haul flight entertainment or something for the back garden on a sunny afternoon, make sure you check out our reading list essentials.


Beach bag essential

The Bones of You

The Bones of You

Debbie Howells

The Bones of You by debut author Debbie Howells is the perfect summer thriller - think Broadchurch meets The Lovely Bones. Load this one on to your e-reader and settle down on a deckchair. We guarantee you won't be able to put it down! 

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Family holiday escapism

A Very Big House in the Country

A Very Big House in the Country

Holidays are about surviving the gaps between one meal and another.'

If this sounds familiar then make sure you pick up A Very Big House in the Country by Clare Sandy. This laugh out loud story of three families spending a summer sharing a house in Devon is the perfect escape for when the kids, the parents or the in-laws are driving you mad.

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Camping holiday

The Followers

The Followers

Rebecca Wait

If the great outdoors is your thing, then we suggest you grab a copy of The Followers by Rebecca Wait. Set in the Yorkshire moors, a mother and daughter find their lives are changed forever when they are sucked in to a religious cult. A real page-turner! 

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City break

The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist

Jessie Burton

The summer paperback edition of The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton is the essential read for your city break. This intoxicating story of love and obsession set in seventeenth century Amsterdam is the perfect size for your handbag.

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The wedding weekender

Summer at Tiffany's

Summer at Tiffany's

Karen Swan

Been invited to yet another wedding and decided to extend the trip for a few days? Then make sure you pack a copy of Summer at Tiffany's by Karen Swan. Set in gorgeous Cornwall, Summer at Tiffany's is a stunning story of love, weddings, laughter, and happily ever after.

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Long-haul flight entertainment

Summer Secrets

Summer Secrets

Jane Green

If the in-flight movie selection leaves a lot to be desired then make sure you have a copy of Summer Secrets by bestselling author Jane Green in your carry-on. When 27 year old Cat discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her in to a spiral that costs her the friendships with the only women who have ever welcomed her. Sixteen years later and Cat sets about to make amends in a quest that takes her to Nantucket where she must confront the darkest parts of her own life.

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The staycation

Summer at Shell Cottage

Summer at Shell Cottage

Lucy Diamond

This year, you've decided to make the most of the British summer and booked a cottage on the coast. Summer at Shell Cottage by Lucy Diamond is the must-pack book for you. A seaside holiday has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family. But this year everything has changed, and when things fall apart, friends can be found in the unlikeliest of places...

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Sunbathing in the back-garden

In the Unlikely Event

In the Unlikely Event

Judy Blume

Who said you had to go further than your own back-garden to make the most of the summer? Pick up a copy of In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. A beautifully drawn and deeply moving novel set in Judy's home town of Elizabeth, New Jersey.

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Spa Break

The Mindfulness Colouring Book

The Mindfulness Colouring Book

Emma Farrarons

Perhaps you've decided to avoid the stress of travelling and have opted for a spa break instead? Pass the time between your treatments by unwinding with The Mindfulness Colouring Book. These beautiful illustrations are a brilliant way to colour yourself calm.

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