Book Club

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While this heatwave is upon us, nobody wants to be dashing around exerting themselves, do they?

Whether you’re staying at home, or off to Mablethorpe or the Maldives, these are the perfect books to read sitting on a sun lounger, pina colada in hand.

To take the stress out of holiday reading selection, here are my top recommendations.

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson: Psychology meets nature writing in this soothing, mesmeric read.

A grown-up book from the creator of The Moomins, this is the story of how Sophia and her eccentric grandmother spend their summers on a small island in the gulf of Finland.

It doesn’t get much more relaxing than this.

Release by Patrick Ness: A mash-up of Judy Blume’s Forever and Virigina Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway from the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy, you say? Where do I sign up? This is a beautiful, unputdownable book.

The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas: Much detective fiction sinks or swims on the quality of

its sleuth.

And Fred Vargas has struck gold with Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, the hero of this brilliantly-written whodunit set on the mean streets of Paris.

The Howling Miller by Arto Paasilinna: Holidays are the perfect time to reflect.

A life spent defying convention and ploughing your own furrow may not be easy, but Paasilinna does a good job of convincing us that, despite this, it may just be the best life.

This book is like a cheerful One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.