The blog is going on holiday! For the next two weeks, your Sunday evening irritant will be as silent as a squashed mosquito.

Not all the following statements are true:

  • I am going undercover with Interpol
  • I am sailing round the Med in a bikini
  • I am switching off the Internet to write the book

However, I couldn’t bear to leave you with nothing to read.

So I have been rooting around in the undergrowth for precious treasures. I’m not just chucking any old fungus at your feet. I’ve chosen carefully and catered for all tastes. Think of me as your friendly truffle-sow.

Tailored to your mood, destination and fancy, here’s what you should read this summer:


You’re heading to the park, with sunglasses and umbrella for some me-time:

Hampstead Fever, by Carol Cooper


You’re in a camper van, exploring Ireland. Nothing’s gone to plan and you couldn’t care less:

The Glorious Heresies, by Lisa McInerney (audiobook adds layers of joy)

boat cove

You’re backpacking in South East Asia and curious as to recent history:

When Broken Glass Floats, by Chanrithy Him


You’re taking the family on an educational Grand Tour:

Us, by David Nicholls

french corner

You’re heading to the British seaside with a bucket, spade and some Polaroids:

Her Turn To Cry, by Chris Curran


You’re on a road trip through the American MidWest, watching, listening and learning:

Mailbox, by Nancy Freund


You and the gang are partying on the beach:

Viral, by Helen Fitzgerald

beach umbrellas

You’re staying home to do some thoughtful gardening:

The Course of Love, by Alain de Botton


You’re in the wrong place at the wrong time with the right words:

Easy Motion Tourist, by Leye Adenle


You’re still mourning Brexit and plan a cycle trip round Europe to say goodbye:

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, by Liz Jensen

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What are you reading?

See you in August!

Thanks to JD Lewis for all these beautiful images. Check out more of her work here.