On the hunt for the perfect book to read on your upcoming summer holiday? Let your destination inspire you and opt for stories set in the country you’re visiting. To narrow down the options, we’ve picked five titles based on popular destinations, including a lyrical journey through India and a mysterious tale set against an idyllic Cornish backdrop.
India: Swimmer Among the Stars by Kanisk Tharoor
This collection of short stories is the perfect companion for any trip to India, containing the tale of an elephant’s lonely voyage from Kerala to a palace in Morocco and the fable of a cook who flavours his food with precious stones. Each story skips across continents, centuries and circumstances, resulting in a vivid reading experience.
France: We’ll Always Have Paris by Emma Beddington
This book is just as essential for a trip to Paris as the classic Breton top. A memoir, it’s based on Beddington’s life from a childhood spent in Yorkshire dreaming of being Parisian to then living in Paris with two half-French children. But does reality meet her expectations?
New York: Little Deaths by Emma Flint
Set in New York during the summer heat wave of 1965, Little Deaths tells the story of a mother waking up to find her two young children missing. Her perfectly made-up face, as well as the empty liquor bottles and love letters littered around the apartment, lead the police to jump to conclusions…
Spain: The Muse by Jessie Burton
Jessie Burton’s latest hit The Muse follows an aspiring writer in 1960s London on a mysterious journey that questions aspiration and identity, love and obsession and authenticity and deception. When she discovers an old painting, the story is transported back to Spain during the Spanish Civil War…
Cornwall: The Lake House by Kate Morton
Heading to the British seaside for long walks and fish and chips? Then pack Kate Morton’s gripping novel. Three stories are interconnected through a lake house in Cornwall, beginning with 16-year-old Alice, whose brother goes missing in 1933, and fast-forwarding 70 years to detective Sadie Sparrow, who uncovers the abandoned estate and its mysteries..