Holiday Reads – Summer 2015

Did this last year and people seemed to be interested so, just in case you’re heading off on holliers over the next while here are a few books you might want to consider bringing with you for the ride. All ones I’ve read in the last 6 months or so, all hugely worth your time.

Click on the quotes for my full reviews.

The Life And Loves Of A He Devil by Graham Norton

…an easy, very funny and genuinely laugh out loud in places read with more than its fair share of honesty about his personal life…


I Am Radar by Reif Larsen

…long, bogglingly ambitious and takes a little while to ignite but it’s one of the most involving, bonkers, batshit crazy and best books I’ve read this year.


The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

It fizzes, it crackles, it kicks you in the balls on a fairly regular basis, peels away the layers of what could have been dull stereotypes and it stuffs you to the gills with the most edible prose of the “read it again and again just to savour it” variety…


Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

It’s not just YA, it’s top-grade speculative fiction and social commentary on 21st century media and how it pressures teenage girls. Top of the class.


The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

He tells a swift, brutal, real story in a wonderfully plausible universe that will leave you scared for your own future and left me with actual shivers down my spine at times.

The Water Knife

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

It’s been a long, long time since I read something that made me, no, demanded that I re-read whole paragraphs because the imagery and words within them were so beautiful.


The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl On The Train isn’t the sort of thing I would have picked up myself. I’m hugely glad I did. It’s a great debut.


Touch by Claire North

…fast, smart, cinematic and with a cracking central idea. This is absolutely destined to be one of the biggest thrillers of 2015.


Us by David Nicholls

The story of the fractured relationship between Douglas and his teenage son is genuinely real too. It moved me to tears more than once. You should read it.