Trip Fiction: Our Top Holiday Reads

Our top holiday reads…

Summer is coming, meaning holidays (the perfect chance to pick up a good book to read while lying on the white sands of an exotic beach…)

We bring together five of our top holiday reads of recent times combining a good storyline and an evocative backdrop.


1: “This Must be the Place” by Maggie O’Farrell

Perfect for reading by the beach, this is an excellent and engrossing read that will whisk you around the world as you turn each page.

At the heart of this story is a fractured couple relationship, with all its ups and downs.

Moving languidly between the mid 1980s and the present, the story is beautifully written and constructed at an absorbing pace with fascinating characterisation.


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2: “My Italian Bulldozer” by Alexander McCall Smith

If you dream of lying in the sun in Italy, this is a warm holiday read, full of laugh-out-louds. It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

Set in Montalcino, Italy, the protagonist, Paul, escapes to the Italian town surrounded by the Tuscan sun, food and life to give him inspiration to finish the last few chapters of his book after breaking up with his girlfriend.

Little does he know that the airport’s car rentals are non-existent! Instead he’s offered a bulldozer to transport him from Pisa to his hill top hotel – what could go wrong?


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3: “In Her Wake” by Amanda Jennings

If you love a story that’s full of suspense, this is the book for you!

Bella has “a perfect life” according to the description on the back cover. But the story has hardly begun…

Married to a stultifying husband who essentially likes to control, Bella has learned to be biddable.

At the death of her father, Bella makes a discovery that profoundly changes the notion of who she is and compels her to follow up on scant information by heading to St Ives, Cornwall.

So if you’re heading to Cornwall to surf the waves, be sure to take this book along!


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4: “The Evolution of Fear” by Paul E Hardisty

If you’re heading to Cyprus, or just fancy a gripping read for the beach; Claymore Straker is a fugitive with a price on his head!

Wanted by the CIA for acts of terrorism he did not commit, his best friend has just been murdered and the woman he loves has disappeared.

Having fled the sanctuary of his safe house in Cornwall to track her down, from Istanbul and then on to Cyprus, Claymore is drawn into a violent struggle between the Russian mafia, Greek Cypriot extremists and Turkish developers cashing in on the tourism boom.


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5: “A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding” by Jackie Copleton

This book was longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016; a riveting and tender read that transports you to Japan, both past and present.

Amaterasu Takahashi, a widow now living in America, spent her life grieving for her daughter and grandson who were victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945.

Amaterasu is forced to revisit the past when a man claiming to be her grandson arrives on her doorstep.


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