It’s time to go on your summer holiday. You’ve worked hard to get that beach body, bought the perfect bikini and have just the right level of fake tan so the sun doesn’t reflect off your white skin. So what’s to be done once you reach the beach? There’s no finer way to pass the time while you tan than reading a book. Here are our top beach reads.
5. Then You Came
by Jennifer Weiner
Then You Came follows a single story as told by four women in women in New York, all dealing with issues surrounding surrogacy and motherhood. It begins when wealthy trophy-wife India Bishop decides that the only way to keep her dream lifestyle and husband is to have a baby but she is biologically unable. The story follows Jules, the egg donor, Annie the surrogate and India’s step-daughter Bettina as she plots to uncover some bad intentions. Expect plenty of laughs from the Queen of chick lit.
by Tilly Bagshawe
If you want some pure escapism then you need not look much further than this book. Fame is set in the dark world of movies and follows gorgeous train-wreck movie star Sabrina Leon as she is cast in a new film version of Wuthering Heights in a gamble by down-on-his-luck producer Dorian Razmirez. This is a gateway into the scandal, sex, glamour and the real costs of fame.
3. Killing Cupid
by Mark Edwards and Louise Voss
If you want something a little more thrilling then Killing Cupid explores obsession in the modern world. Alex Parkinson is obsessed with his writing tutor, Siobhan. Stalking her online, sending her gifts, and taking her home. The story unfolds after Alex gets scared away and Siobhan realises she misses his devotion and decides to take revenge and the stalker becomes the stalked.
2. The Radleys
by Matt Haig
The Radley’s are apparently an ordinary middle-class family but they harbour a dark secret. While they try to live an unnoticed existence they are forced to face the truth when youngest daughter Clara acts on her supernatural instincts. Matt Haig’s very English Vampire novel explores the themes of denial and growing up with plenty of blood added for good measure.
by Tina Fey
The 30 Rock star and writer brings her memoirs to life with humour and pathos showing there is far more to her than Liz Lemon and Sarah Palin. The book follows Fey from her roots in Pennsylvania, through stage improv in Chicago to her days working on Saturday Night Live and her further television and movie success while raising a family.
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