Book holidays - where will your summer reading take you?

20 July 2016

Whether you're reading on a far-flung beach or in your own back garden, you can still be transported somewhere exciting with this summer's best new books, from the likes of Jessie Burton, Mark Watson and Judy Blume. 

SPAIN

The Muse

The Muse

Jessie Burton

At the heart of the new novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist lies a mystery surrounding a lost painting with a secret history.

The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where we meet Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences...

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DUBAI

The Place That Didn't Exist

The Place That Didn't Exist

Mark Watson

Junior creative Tim Callaghan can hardly believe his luck when he's flown out to Dubai to supervise the filming of an advert for an international charity.

Shimmering and seductive, it seems as though nothing bad could ever happen in Dubai. But when a crew member is found dead in in mysterious circumstances, Tim learns that if a place seems too good to be true, it probably is...

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ITALY

One Hundred Days of Happiness

One Hundred Days of Happiness

Fausto Brizzi

Lucio discovers he only has three months left to live. Vowing to also make them the happiest, he sets out with his family on a journey across Italy, determined to win back his wife, to create the best possible memories for his children and ultimately to become the man he was always meant to be.

 

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THE FRENCH RIVIERA

 

Villa America

Villa America

Liza Klaussmann

Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Cole and Linda Porter, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos - all are summer guests of Gerald and Sara Murphy.

The Murphys met and married young, and set forth to create a beautiful world. They alight on Villa America: their coastal oasis of artistic genius, debauched parties, impeccable style and flamboyant imagination.

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NEW YORK CITY

Everyone is Watching

Everyone is Watching

Megan Bradbury

Megan Bradbury's debut novel is a love letter to New York, told through the lives and perspectives of four of the city’s greatest creators, artists and thinkers - Robert Mapplethorpe, Walt Whitman, Robert Moses and Edmund White. 

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JAPAN

Emperor of the Eight Islands

Emperor of the Eight Islands

Lian Hearn

Set in a mythical medieval Japan inhabited by warriors and assassins, ghosts and guardian spirits, Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn is the brilliant new novel, from the creator of Tales of the Otori, whose books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

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LOS ANGELES

All Involved

All Involved

Ryan Gattis

In April 1992, less than two hours after one of the most notorious, racially charged trials in American history, Los Angeles explodes in violence.

As widespread rioting breaks out and martial law takes over, one man's death triggers an astonishing sequence of events - not just for the gangs involved, but for others too: fire-fighters, graffiti artists, nurses and law enforcement, all of whom are connected by this murder and entangled in the city's mayhem.

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BULGARIA 

What Belongs to You

What Belongs to You

Garth Greenwell

On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher walks down a staircase beneath Sofia's National Palace of Culture, looking for sex. Among the stalls of a public bathroom he encounters Mitko, a charismatic young hustler.

He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, and their trysts grow increasingly intimate and unnerving as the enigma of this young man becomes inseparable from that of his homeland.

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SUNBATHING IN THE 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?  There’s no better way to spend a sunny afternoon than with, one of America's most beloved authors, Judy Blume.
 
In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen and in love for the first time, three planes fell from the sky within three months, leaving a community reeling.

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