Summer holiday reading

Are you heading on holiday and looking for a great book to take with you? Check out our list of bestsellers that will keep you occupied while you soak up the sun.

1. When God Was a Rabbit, by Sarah Winman – When God Was a Rabbit is an exciting debut from a new voice in the world of fiction. Spanning four decades, from 1968 onwards, When God Was a Rabbit is the story of a fabulous but flawed family and the slew of ordinary and extraordinary incidents that shape their everyday lives. It’s a story about childhood and growing up, loss of innocence, eccentricity, familial ties and friendships, love and life. Stripped down to its bare bones, it’s about the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.

2. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1), by George R. R. Martin – The first volume in a new fantasy trilogy – which has been lauded as the most imaginative, ambitious and compelling fantasy epic since The Lord of the Rings – tells the tragic story of treachery, greed and war that threatens the unity of the Seven Kingdoms south of the Wall. Martin unfolds with astonishing skill a tale of truly epic dimensions that’s thronged with memorable characters. Set in a fabulous world scarred by battle and catastrophe over 8,000 years of recorded history, A Game of Thrones tells the deeds of men and women locked in the deadliest of conflicts and the terrible legacy they will leave their children.

3. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett – Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962 – a time when black maids raised white children, but weren’t trusted to not steal the silver. There’s Aibileen, who is raising her seventeenth white child and is nursing the trauma of her own son’s tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, who has just returned home from college and wants to know why her beloved maid has gone missing. No one would have believed the three could be friends – and fewer still would tolerate it – but each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries and they come to depend and rely upon one another. All are in search of the truth, and together they have an extraordinary story to tell.

4. Afterwards, by Rosamund Lupton – Black smoke stains a summer blue sky as a school is on fire. One mother, Grace, sees the smoke and runs as she knows her teenage daughter Jenny is inside. She runs into the burning building to rescue her. In the aftermath, Grace must find the identity of the arsonist and protect her family from the person who’s still intent on destroying them. Afterwards, she must fight the limits of her physical strength and discover the limitlessness of love.

5. One Day, by David Nicholls – On 15th July 1988, Emma and Dexter met for the first time on the night of their graduation and the day after they had to go their separate ways. One Day is a funny, emotionally engaging novel that traces the unlikely relationship of Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew over the course of 20 years. It captures love in a way that’s real and unassuming, and will grip you within the first few pages – you’ll find this one hard to put down.


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