Top Summer Reads! Suitcase Must-Haves

Stuck for a good read? We've compiled a list of books to get stuck into whilst lounging poolside.

When it comes to deciding what makes a great summer read our formula is simple, a heartbreaking romance, a splash of escapism, a handful of lust or a work of fiction steeped in history always does the trick! 

J.K. Rowling's book 'Silkworm', released under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is bound to be another page turner when it hits shelves on June 19. 2014 so here are our Top 10 Summer Reads. 


What? The Silkworm 

Who? Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling) 

Why? If you thought wizards and magic spells is all J.K. Rowling has to offer then think again, because the ‘Harry Potter’ author has released a follow-up to her detective series published under her pseudonym. Private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott return for an investigation into the murder of a writer. 

Where? The book hits bookshelves on June 19.


'The Silk Worm' By Robert Galbraith 


What? NW (2012) published by Hamish Hamilton 

Who? Zadie Smith

Why? This is the perfect read if you’re looking for laughs as you lay poolside. Set in North West London, this Women’s Prize award winning 'tragi-comedy' details the lives of four different characters living in the capital. Every city girl will be able to relate to Smith’s clever depiction of urban living. 

Where? currently has paperback copies from £3.85 and hardback at £18.39. 

10 Best Summer Reads



What? I Am Pilgrim (2013) published by Bantam Press 

Who? Terry Hayes

Why? Who said a holiday was just for relaxing? Stimulate your brain with this crime-thriller surrounding, Pilgrim, a former espionage for the US intelligence who disappeared into anonymity following the release of his tell-all-book on forensic criminal investigation. When a killer uses his definitive guide to carry out a murder, Pilgrim is forced to help a NYPD detective in a race against time to save humanity. 

Where? Tesco Direct currently have a copy for £7.99


'I Am Pilgrim' By Terry Hayes 


What? Eeny Meeny (2014) published by Penguin 

Who? M.J Arlidge 

Why? This nail biting thriller is sure to have you on the edge of your sunlounger. What would have been a perfect love story takes a dark turn when a couple tipped to be soulmates wake up alone and imprisoned as hostages. There is a gun with one bullet and only one of them will get out alive. 

Where? Amazon have paperbacks from £3.85 and a digital version for your kindle at £1.99


10 Best Summer Reads


What? The One Plus One (2014) published by Penguin

Who? JoJo Moyles 

Why? If you fancy having a holiday romance then this modern boy meets girl tale is for you. Single mum, Jess Thomas, is attempting to juggle her work-family life when handsome stranger, Ed Nicholls offers a helping hand. 

Where? Waterstone has hardback copies for £10.99

10 Best Summer Reads


What? Indiscretion (published by Blue Door at Harper Collins) 

Who? Charles Dub

Why? See how the other-half live in this tale of wealth, deception and betrayal as narrator, Walter, guides us through the lives of New York’s social elite. Expect glamorous parties across Europe, debauchery and a dirty affair. 

Where? have copies from £10.39 


10 Best Summer Reads


What? Mad About You (2013) published by Penguin 

Who? Sinéad Moriarty

Why? If you fancy a book that will keep you turning the pages then get stuck into this relationship drama. Emma and Jamie have weathered storms throughout their ten-year marriage, but their relationship soon comes under threat from an unknown stranger. 

Where? Waterstones have a copy for £5.99

'Mad About You' By Sinead Moriarty


What? An Officer and a Spy (2013) published by Hutchinson 

Who? Robert Harris 

Why? Travel back in time with this historical fiction thriller set in the late 19th century. It’s based on the true story of French officer Georges Picquart as he struggles to expose the truth about the doctored evidence that sent Alfred Dreyfus to Devil's Island. You won’t be able to put it down. 

Where? Blackwell’s have paperback copies for £5.59


10 Best Summer Reads


What? The Vacationers (2014) published by Riverhead books 

Who? Emma Straub 

Why? If you can’t jet off to a Spanish island this summer then reading 'The Vacationers' may be the next best thing, as there is trouble in paradise for this family who are forced to deal with the relics of their past throughout the trip. Secrets, joys, and jealousies come to surface during their two-week stay. 

Where? Amazon have a copy for £5.58

10 Best Summer Reads


What? Summer House With Swimming Pool (2014) published by Hogarth 

Who? Herman Koch 

Why? The perfect summer holiday takes a dark turn when a medical procedure goes wrong and Dr. Marc Schlosser – a high profile doctor to the stars - is forced to provide answers in a bid to save his reputation. However it’s not long before the circumstances surrounding the death of actor, Ralph Meier, is revealed.

Where? Get a copy for your Kindle from Amazon for £7.71, they have hardback and paperback editions available too.

10 Best Summer Reads


What? Girl Gone (2012) published by Crown Publishing Group

Who? Gillian Flynn

Why? If you haven't read this bestseller yet, take the opportunity this summer, before the eponymous film starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

Where? £8.44 from Amazon.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


What? Temptation Island (2012) published by Mira

Who? Victoria Fox

Why? Only the rich can go to Temptation Island. But have they got themselves in more than they've bargained for? This page turner is the perfect light read for the beach.

Where? £5.59 from Amazon.

Temptation Island by Victoria Fox



What? The Girl On Paper (2011) published by Gallic Books

Who? Guillame Musso

Why? A famous author leading a charming life in Los Angeles is dumped by his partner and starts suffering from writer's block. One day he receives an unexpected visit in the form of one of the characters from his novels...

Where? £11.99 from Amazon.

The Girl On Paper by Guillame Musso