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Best holiday books to read this summer

Whether you are jetting off on an exotic holiday or seeking shade from the scorching sun in a city park, a good book will be a perfect companion this summer. Our selection encompasses gripping thrillers, romantic suspense, classic novels and historical crimes, guaranteed to satisfy your summer cravings.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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A fast-moving historical novel that defies traditional genres, Outlander is a romance with time travel! This addictive tale of love and battles is set against a background of a rich Caledonian history and culture, and follows the adventures of Claire, an accidental time traveller who stumbles into 18th Century Scotland after walking through a circle of standing stones.

Frog Music by Emma Donogue

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Set in smallpox ridden 19th Century San Francisco, the story describes an unsolved murder of Jenny Bonnet, a young woman notorious for wearing men’s clothes. Emma Donogue describes in vivid details flawed and scandalous swindlers and bohemians. This novel allows the reader entry into San Francisco’s post gold boom underworld.

Gone girl by Gillian Flynn

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A missing wife’s last diary entries are the spring-board into this subtle crime thriller that exposes the double life of her husband.

Amy’s and Nick’s marriage is fading fast after five disharmonious years. Amy suddenly goes missing and an ever more twisted plot is revealed as husband and police unearth clues to her disappearance.

The unconventional ending is surprising and challenges conventional truths about love and marriage.

Indiscretion by Charles Dubow

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A sensual page-turner tells a story of dangerous liaison between wealthy and charming Harry and Claire. When they meet in East Hampton, little do they know that their love affair will bring deception and betrayal. A cautionary tale of lust, envy and indiscretion delivers an unforgettable summer in the Hamptons.

The great and calamitous tale of Johan Thoms by Ian Thornton

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A real-life story of a student of Sarajevo University, whose life changes irrevocably on the morning of June 28, 1914. When Johan takes up the position of chauffeur to Franz Ferdinand, a wrong turn changes the course of his life and of world history.

The awakening by Kate Chopin

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Controversial, at the time of its publication, The Awakening gives an honest description of female infidelity. Chopin portrays a woman, who seeks passionate physical love in the arms of her new admirer, Robert, whom she met on an island. Tragically, after reclaiming the dreams of her youth, Edna abandons her family.

Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

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Escaping civil war in a hot-air balloon a small group of men are blown off-course and stranded on a desert island. Forced to survive in isolation and at the mercy of raging storms, they set up an encampment and develop a relatively comfortable lifestyle.

Within four years, a mysterious presence makes itself known and the adventurers must contend with the fact that they are not alone.

The terrifying tales by Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe at his terrifying best. This collection includes The Tell Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, The Murders in the Rue Morgue &The Pit and the Pendulum. If you have never read Poe before this is a great place to start. And if you’re a fan these tales are certainly worth re-visiting.

The Original Folk and Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm

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From Cinderella to Hansel and Gretel, this collection of fairy tales have earned a world-wide reputation, inspiring countless live-action, animated and stage adaptations. Through magical adventures, Grimm’s stories have instilled moral values in many generations. An all-age crowd pleaser, this book has the ability to transport any adult back to their childhood.

Moby Dick or The Whale by Herman Melville

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One of the greatest works of imagination in history, Moby-Dick is the story of a man seeking revenge against an albino sperm whale as unpredictable as the sea itself. Melville captures life aboard a ship among a culturally diverse crew exploring class and social strata, good and evil and the nature of perception. An unforgettable story of madness and obsession will challenge your image of sea life.