We all crave escapism. It’s a well-thumbed fact in life’s pages. Holidays may let you escape for a while, but books offer another level of escapism. A chance to see the world through someone else’s eyes. A window into an unreachable place, only tangible in your thoughts. Whether you’re basking in the sunshine on a French Riviera beach, swinging in a hammock in the Amazonian rainforest or relaxing with a glass of wine overlooking a Tokyo skyline, here’s a lowdown of the holiday reads you must take on your adventures in 2017…
Heavily anticipated by media giants, the Guardian and the New York Times to name a few, this 2017 novel highlights the incredibly nail-biting journey of Nadia and Saeed. An ordinary young couple, their lives unexpectedly lead them down a path of extraordinary events. As Civil war breaks in the place they call home, they must reluctantly flee from the savage atrocities that face their indigenous city. As they travel from the Middle East to London in seek of refuge, love, desire, and hope dramatically unravels. A tale that seems too close for comfort at times, it almost feels as if Hamid is predicting the future. With a terrifying plot and a somewhat hopeful ending, this holiday read is bound to be a nail-biting page turner as you sip a mojito on the beach, running the sand between your fingers.
From the author of the global hit, The Girl on the Train, Hawkins returns with a brand new title. Word has it, Into the Water is annoyingly addictive, packed with psychological suspense and riddled with twisted truths – sound familiar? From her previous work, it is clear where Hawkins’ forte lies – thrillers. Involving a family haunted by secret after secret, two sisters appear as the focal characters of this menacing novel. Revealing a spectacular storyline filled with contradictive subplots, you will inevitably find it incredibly hard to put this book down. Keep this one for a pool day and immerse yourself fully in Hawkins’ words. If you like to be surprised at every corner, this novel is bound to delight you. Release date: May 2017.
If your holiday revolves around plenty of adventure and less beach-bathing, a collection of short stories is ideal for you to dip in and out of during your travels. Whether you need a distraction during journeys or a chance to unwind after an action-soaked day, a short story can be the perfect remedy during your trips away. Well-loved author, Haruki Murakami, presents a new collection of seven fictional short tales. With the common theme concerning lonely men, Murakami’s latest body of work exudes a humorous element all the way through the pages. These relatable stories will speak to you and my, they’ll make you laugh.
It is occasionally refreshing to dive into a read that time-travels you into a past era. Kunzru’s latest book transports the reader to downtown New York and acquaints you with two young musicians. Unsigned and thirsty for success, these two gentlemen may derive from contrasting backgrounds, one a rich socialite the other a poor creative, but they have one huge thing in common – music. Spiraling into a murder mystery doused with buckets of greed, envy, revenge and exploitation, this captivating tale showcases a darker side to New York’s historical music scene. The musical duo are lured down a path impossible to turn their backs on, embarking on a game that evolves into something bigger than they can handle.