You are at the airport, gearing up for your holidays… oh what to read?? It’s hard to define what makes a really great holiday read! A spot of romance, a gripping thriller, a high brow intellectual read, Biography or historical fiction? Perhaps a combination of all of these things. Holidays allow us a guilt-free window of opportunity to catch up on all of those books we have stashed under our bed still in their amazon packaging. With new writing from favourites like Kazuo Ishiguro, Toni Morrison and Jane Smiley as well as debut novels ready to make stars of their authors, there is plenty to devour. Below are some tried and tested suggested reads:

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro:

Author of the bestselling Never Let Me Go and Booker Prize winning The Remains of the Day, this is Ishiguro’s first novel for more than a decade. We know little about the plot, but  knowing Ishiguro, it is sure to take an intense look at relationships.

The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall 

Man Booker shortlisted Sarah Hall returns with this novel about an American wolf tamer who is tasked with bringing a grey wolf back to England by an earl, despite political outrage and public safety concerns. It promises to be a gripping read.

Early Warning by Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley won the Putlizer Prize for her novel A Thousand Acres, based on Shakespeare’s King Lear. She tackles a similarly Shakespearian themes in her new trilogy The Last Hundred Years about the lives, loves and strifes of a Midwestern farming family.

The Unloved by Deborah Levy 

Deborah Levy’s last novel Swimming Home featured a cast of characters on holiday, and The Unloved also explores the unfamiliarity of a travel situation as a group of tourists are gathered to help investigate a murder in a French chateau.

Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez 

Lopez offers a thorough examination of this obscure world-its terrain, its wildlife, its history of Eskimo natives and intrepid explorers who have arrived on their icy shores.

A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermour

Patrick Leigh Fermor’s A Time of Gifts, is the first volume of his memoir about tramping from London to Constantinople. He is one of the most captivating writers of our time.

Find Me by Laura Van Den Berg 

Famous for her short stories, this is Laura van den Berg’s first novel. It depicts a pandemic of a disease similar to Alzheimer’s sweeping the world, but survivor Joy must make her way to a hospital that studies those who resisted.


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