|Tove Jansson’s ‘The Summer Book’. 30 SPF suncream: £11.05, Vichy|
|Re-reading Harper Lee’s wonderful ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, looking forward to the release of the new title ‘Go Set A Watchman’|
|Some of my all-time favourite reads – a book well-read is a book enjoyed|
They’re probably not mind-blowing and most of you have probably read them (and this is obviously edited – I could go on but that would make far too lengthy a post). Please also note that none of them are particularly recent (I’m not good at being very current with my reading). But these are books that made memorable holidays, I remember exactly what I was doing when I read them and if I could re-read just 5 books, it would probably be these.
Here are my TOP 5 holiday reads:
‘The Woman In White’ by Wilkie Collins – NERJA, SPAIN 2001
Oh, this was a glorious holiday, and what an amazing book. I honestly couldn’t put it down – the first mystery novel of its time and the first book to use different people’s perspectives, the fascinating story of a mysterious woman in white, seen by the protagonist Walter Hartright, whose story is unravelled throughout the book. It is just a must read, everyone who I have ever recommended this to has adored it – and it has, in my opinion the best villain ever – Count Fosco (whose accomplices are his pet mice).
‘The Summer Book’, Tove Jansson – BARCELONA, SPAIN 2013
You might want to take another book with you as well, as you will finish this in a day. A friend bought this for me after I fell in love with Finland – it’s written by Tove Jansson, the creator of The Moomins and is about a girl and her grandmother, set in the Finnish Archipelago. It’s almost a book of fables – little stories. But is endearing and wonderful – quite childlike – and totally calming.
‘Valley of The Dolls’, Jacqueline Susann – KORCULA, CROATIA 2011
This book may go into my all-time favourite reads ever. I love the social scenes it depicts of New York in the 1960s, hanging out at El Marocco, the views towards women in the 60s – plus the characters and sensational storylines are as addictive as those ‘dolls’ they take – every woman should read this book. Tip: I have the Barbara Hulanicki special edition cover, as it looks chicer (the other covers, I think, make it look trashier than it actually is).
‘The Beach’, Alex Garland – LIMASSOL, CYPRUS 1998
I remember reading this before finishing my A-Levels and it really made me rethink my travels. Such an interesting perspective on the dark side of travelling – and needless to say, so much better than the film.
‘The Robber Bride’, Margaret Atwood – PENANG, MALAYSIA 2000
I am huge Margaret Atwood fan, anyway, she is the only writer whose novels I have read in their entirety. The way she depicts women, and their awkward relationships, and the way she threads a story together, is compelling. The story starts at the funeral of Zenia, who was a compulsive boyfriend stealer – and what happens next just has to be read to be believed.
What are your all-time favourite holiday reads?