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Posted by Emma Pagano on 12th Aug 2019

Four brilliant books for the beach

Summer's here, and it’s time to sort out your holiday reading! We’ve rounded up some fantastic fiction that’s sure to entertain you on the plane, and keep you on the edge of your sun-lounger.

David Nicholl’s Sweet Sorrow is the ideal read for the season – it’s set over the course of one life-changing summer. It’s June 1997, and sixteen-year-old Charlie has just left school. His GCSE’s have gone badly, his parents are splitting up, and he’s bored and lonely. But then he meets Fran, who introduces him to the world of amateur dramatics, and the intensity of first love… Funny, moving and bittersweet, this is a beach book that, in the words of the Telegraph, ‘will linger long beyond your tan’. It’s available on our website for £16.40, a saving of £3.60 on the publisher’s price.

Kate Atkinson’s Big Sky sees her private investigator hero Jackson Brodie spending his summer in a small seaside village near Whitby, where he’s looking after his 13-year-old son Nathan and dogsitting his ex-partner’s elderly Labrador. When a trophy wife with secrets hires him to find out who’s having her followed, Jackson becomes embroiled in several complex, interlinked cases involving kidnapping, human trafficking and historic child abuse – and is reunited with a figure from his past. Described by the Independent as ‘the stand-out read of the summer’, Big Sky is available for £11.98, saving you £8.02 on the RRP.

No-one does escapism like Santa Montefiore, who’s gained a huge following with her epic romances set in beautiful locations. Her latest bestseller, The Secret Hours, will take you from 1890s Ireland to 1960s America, where Boston housewife Faye is unhappily married with grown-up children. When her mother, Arethusa, dies, she leaves behind a diary, along with instructions in her will that her ashes be scattered in Ireland where she was born. Desperate to fulfil this last wish, Faye crosses the Atlantic to the remote village of Ballinakelly, County Cork. There, she finds her long-lost cousin, discovers shocking family secrets and falls in love with her mother’s native country – and with a very special someone. You can buy The Secret Hours from our website for just £9.46, saving you £7.53.

Finally, if you fancy some Scandi noir with your sun, sea and sand, Jo Nesbo’s Knife is the book for you. The twelfth in the Harry Hole series, this ingenious police procedural finds Harry back on the booze and facing his toughest case yet. Waking from a drunken blackout, he finds himself covered in blood, and is soon suspected of the murder of someone close to him. Battling with grief and loss, he is determined to prove his innocence, and track down the person he believes was responsible for the crime – serial rapist and murderer Svein Finne. Finne was one of Harry’s first arrests as a young officer, but has now been released from prison and seems to have returned to his old ways. Can Harry find the truth and bring the killer to justice? Twisty, dark and unpredictable, Knife will thrill Harry Hole fans, but like Big Sky, it’s equally enjoyable as a standalone novel. It’s available on our site for £15.19, a saving of £4.81.

So don’t forget to make room in your suitcase for these brilliant books – and head on over to our website for even more sensational summer reads!