With holiday plans on hold right now, many of us are dreaming about getting away from it all and relaxing with a great book on the beach. These nine brilliant reads will transport you to places you’re longing to visit.
1. Normal People by Sally Rooney
Spending Tuesday nights transfixed by Normal People? Delve into the original novel for a more in-depth look at Ireland’s favourite will-they won’t-they couple and experience the magic of Trieste via Marianne’s dreamy villa – available to book on Airbnb for your next trip to Italy.
2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Transport yourself to the natural beauty of 1950s North Carolina and follow the extraordinary life of a young girl named Kya living alone in the marsh. Her extraordinary story is heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure.
3. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
What a perfect time to enjoy the magical story of Santiago, the Andalusian shepherd who yearns to travel in search of treasure. The book shows that often it’s the journey that matters most.
4. Akin by Emma O’Donoghue
Wish you were relaxing in the French Riviera? Why not follow unlikely duo, Noah, a retired New York professor, and his young grand-nephew, Michael, on their trip of a lifetime to Nice.
5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
This is the perfect curl-up-under-the-duvet-and-spend-the-day-reading novel. Set between Monte Carlo and southern England, this classic thriller tells the story of a young woman who marries a widower, settles in his mansion and soon discovers that things aren’t quite as they seem. You’ll be ‘dreaming of Manderley’ before you know it.
6. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Barcelona on the brain? Escape to the beautiful Catalan city and explore some of its best-loved streets in this brilliant coming-of-age tale of a young boy named Daniel and his quest to discover something greater than himself.
7. Notes on a Small Island by Bill Bryson
Reading Bill Bryson is a rite of passage for every travel lover. This charming memoir about his trip across Britain will have you laughing out loud in no time.
8. A Moveable Feast: Life-Changing Food Adventures Around the World by Don George (editor)
This gorgeous collection of short stories explores the riches and revelations of food with tales from around the world.
9. The Vacationers by Emma Stroud
Accompany the Post family on a two-week trip to Mallorca. Tensions simmer and secrets emerge against a backdrop of beautiful mountains and beaches, tapas and tennis courts.