The Top Holiday Reads For This Summer

Planning your holiday? These are the best reads for when you’re lying by the pool. Whether you prefer crime thrillers, mysteries, or even something a bit more… ahem… steamy, the LOOK team divulge their absolute must-read holiday faves…

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

“This book (above left) has been dubbed the new Gone Girl, and it’s easy to see why. Totally gripping, the main character makes you feel totally unsettled and on edge. Everyone in the book is pretty unlikeable, which could make for uncomfortable reading, but in this case makes it even more addictive!”

– Gemma Gow, Deputy Fashion News Editor

The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh

“The Lemon Grove (above right) is perfect poolside reading material. If follows Jenn, whose teenage stepdaughter, Emma, turns up to ruin her idyllic romantic break in Menorca. Jenn should be angry but instead she’s unsettled by Emma’s new boyfriend Nathan, who seems to be flirting with her. Much more than your average holiday read, Jenn’s moral dilemma gets under your skin in several ways.”

– Giselle Wainwright, Acting Features And Entertainment Editor

> Nevermind by Edward St. Aubyn and The Beach by Alex Garland


Nevermind by Edwart St Aubyn

“The Patrick Melrose Novels are always on my holiday packing list. You simply won’t be able to tear yourself away from the pages.” 

– Maria Coole, Deputy Editor

The Beach by Alex Garland


“This book is great to read on the beach, theres nothing like reading about a beach adventure by the sea and having a 360 ocean side experience.”

– Rose Owens, Art Editor

> Half Of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and The Magus by John Fowles

Half Of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“It’s not a new book but there’s a reason why it won the Orange Turner Book Prize in 2010. The beautifully written story follows twin sisters who are brought together and torn apart by war. It’s quite romantic and yet harrowing at the same time. I loved it”

– Victoria Adegboyega, Senior Picture Researcher

The Magus by John Fowles

“Disturbing, thrilling and seductive. I couldn’t put this classic down!”

– Maria Coole, Deputy Editor 

> I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella and Divergent by Veronica Roth

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

“It’s just a really funny read and it was so easy to put down & pick back up again inbetween swimming and applying suncream.”

– Amy Ward, Freelance Picture Researcher

Divergent by Veronica Roth

“I read Divergent on the beach in Crete last year. It’s a really easy read and unchallenging! Ideal when you’re a bit woozy from cocktails.” 

– Laura Crisp, Production Editor

> Rise Of The Super Furry Animals;The Lost Art Of Keeping Secrets

Rise Of The Super Furry Animals by Rick Rawlins


“I’m looking forward to reading “Rise Of The Super Furry Animals” by Ric Rawlins. I went to a couple of their recent gigs, and they’re the best band, with an amazing, colourful history.”

– Stuart Jones, Art Director

The Lost Art Of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

“I could read this book again and again. It’s the charming, easy to read story of Penelope, a teenager growing up in the 1950s who is desperate to fall in love. She lives in this vast crumbling mansion with her beautiful widowed mother (who everyone loves so much more than Charlotte) and her brother Inigo who is desperate to be the next Elvis. But it’s when she meets Charlotte at a bus stop and is taken into her wild, eccentric world that things really start happening for Penelope… but who will steal her heart? The mysterious rich man she met on the train or magician Harry? Yes, it’s romantic chick-lit but it’s at it’s very best – and that’s all you need for the beach.”

– Catrionna Innes, Deputy Features And Entertainment Editor