Top 6 Summer Holiday Reads


2016 is already becoming a great year for new releases, welcoming back old favourites and newcomers. From romance to action, there are plenty of books to pack in your suitcase or download to your e-reader this summer. So grab your sunglasses, find a piazza or a spiaggia and get stuck in to one of our top books for the summer.

One Night in Italy, Lucy Diamond

Three ladies, all living completely different lives, in the search for something different. Anna, Sophie, and Catherine find themselves in Italy, and find they become shoulders to lean on for each other. What impact will their past lies and journey of discoveries have on their lives, in one night in Italy? This book is the ideal summer story to get your teeth into, and maybe inspire your next Italian adventure.

Out now

The Girls by Emma Cline

Quiet, lonely and vulnerable teenager Evie Boyd is befriended (you could say lured) by Suzanne, an older girl who is part of an infamous cult. Evie sees these girls lives as thrilling and charged, and does not see the danger until it is potentially too late. Set in Northern California in the 1960s, Evie’s obsession with Suzanne leads her to want to be accepted and on to much darker things.

Out 14 June

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, Helen Oyeyemi

Author Helen Oyeyemi has been described as a rare talent – she was nominated for Best Young British Novelist in 2013. Her latest book, What is not yours is not yours is a collection of short and intertwined stories (the first for her), based around the idea of keys, locks and magic doors. She explores keys in all forms, fairy tales and dark secrets in her usual wild and imaginative story-telling way. Once you have read it, you are guaranteed to come up for air thinking ‘wow’.

Out now

Barkskins, Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx is the award-winning author of Brokeback Mountain and has supposedly spent 10 years working on this novel, so we are expecting great things. Barkskins is set in the 17th century in New France and followers the story of two settlers, Charles Duquet and Rene Sel, as they are bound to a feudal lord for three years in exchange for land. Their trials and sorrows make for dramatic reading as they come alive on the pages.

Out 16 June

The One Plus One, Jojo Moyes

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, the next best tearjerker since The Notebook has just hit our cinema screens: the film adaption of author Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You. Jojo’s latest novel is a number-one bestseller and tells the story of Jess, a hardworking single mum who does her best for her children. She meets Ed, a man who made one mistake and whose life has been turned upside down. The ending? You will have to find out for yourself. This romantic story will lead you on an emotional rollercoaster, full of laughter and love.

Out now

Zero K, Don DeLillo

Zero K is the story of Jeffrey Lockhart and his father, Ross, whose young wife is sadly dying from cancer.  Jeffrey is the primary investor in a remote and secret compound where bodies are preserved and death is controlled until such time as medical advances can allow the humans to live without that same fate. Ross understandably has connection with the project as his wife surrenders her body. This book is both deep and moving and is guaranteed to leave you thinking ‘what if’?

Out now


Have you read any good books so far this year?

If you are looking for some Italy-themed inspiration, read our 9 Books to Read Before a Holiday in Italy.