Books for the beach?

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tooposhtopush
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Books for the beach?

Postby tooposhtopush » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:18 pm

Hi
Every year I struggle to find great books to read on the beach and so I want to share some ideas (and hopefully get some ideas back) so from me I have LOVED the following...

1) The Dry - an amazing thriller - totally brilliant
2) Darktown - gripping but really depressing
3) Sleeping in the Ground - Peter Robinson - OK but not his best
4) Testimony by Scott Turrow (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01 ... UTF8&psc=1) is a slow start but gets good
5) Camino Island

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01 ... UTF8&psc=1

is ok

Can anyone suggest any others?

The Dry was by far the best!
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Postby Muddlemoo » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:20 pm

The Dry was amazing! The couple next door was really good - just finished. I've been recommended Tin Man and Among the Lemon Trees - haven't read them yet!
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Postby supergirl » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:41 pm

100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The House of the Spirit - Isabel Allende
All of the Toni Morrisson, number one would be Beloved
And
Life is so good by George Dawson. A story of an ex slave who learnt to read aged 98. Inspiring.
Enjoy your holidays
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Postby denshort » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:35 am

The Invitation - Lucy Foley
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Postby M&mmum » Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:33 am

Delirium - Lauren Oliver - young adult book but so good! in the style of Hunger Games
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Postby the parsley song » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:20 am

Thanks for recommendation of The Dry - I've just reserved a copy at the library!

Have you read any Donna Leon's Brunetti murder mysteries? She's done about 12 of them. I'm nearly finished Death in a Strange Country and really enjoying it. Not exactly a challenging read if that's what you are after, just a good hard to put down bit of escapism.
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Postby NYE31 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:40 pm

My favourites for holidays are anything by the following authors:

Santa Montefiore
Stella Rimington
Kate Mosse
Victoria Hislop
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Postby dudette » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:31 am

I would like to add Sabine Durrant's three books (they're quite short and you can buy a kindle version). They're thrillers and two of them are set in Nappy Valley (one starts with a body being found on Wandsworth Common) so it adds an extra bit of excitement of being able to visualise what she's writing about. They're quite short and easy to read and she writes beautifully.
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Postby peasepudding » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:34 am

The Power by Naomi Alderman is amazing, best book I've read in a really long time.
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Postby maryd » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:43 am

Books by Antoine Laurain are great - I loved "The Red Notebook" & "The President's Hat" https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1 ... ne_Laurain
Also everything by Victoria Hislop and "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion
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Postby lemondrizzles » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:08 pm

I recommend Katherine Woodfine's Sinclair Mysteries. They are aimed at young adult but I found them quite captivating. The first in the series is Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Clockwork-Spar ... 1405276177
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Postby sloaney donkey » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:15 pm

I can wholeheartedly recommend Colm Toibin

We have all read Brooklyn (or seen the film) and in any event that was sooo 2009

But there is also Nora Webster, which any of us with an Irish background will bring back fond memories

But my favourite is the Testament of Mary. Part of the bible re-written in a way that is relevant for us all given our fears about society and terrorism and freedom of speech today (I'm not religious like, just saying ...).
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Postby sw17mamma » Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:47 am

We've just discussed this over on Facebook - lots of great ideas here!

https://www.facebook.com/trulymadlykids ... rI&fref=nf
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Postby pixi » Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:25 am

I loved 24 Hours, a thriller by Claire Seeber, the perfect holiday read!
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Postby shaneleone » Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:48 pm

I'd love to suggest my own memoir, Traveling with Ghosts. Maybe not as light and breezy as a typical beach read, but you can read an excerpt from the Guardian here:
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... ing-ghosts
Probably not the best book for a beach holiday in Thailand....
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