5 Literary Fiction Books You Need To Take On Your Summer Holiday This Year

Headed for a holiday somewhere hot soon? We believe that packing a great book is just as important as bringing the perfect sundresses and swimwear, so we picked the five key titles you need to know about this summer. Read on to find out which books will keep you entertained, inspired and educated while sunbathing…

1. Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

In an alternative 1980s London, Charlie is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda’s assistance he co-designs Adam’s personality. A love triangle soon forms…

2. There There by Tommy Orange

There There is the portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. It tells the multigenerational story of twelve characters, each of which have private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow…

3. What Red Was by Rosie Price

Throughout their four years at university, Kate and Max are inseparable. But loving Max means knowing his family, the wealthy Rippons. All generosity, social ease and quiet repression, theirs is not Kate’s world. At their London home, just after graduation, her life is shattered apart in a bedroom while a party goes on downstairs…

4. The Porpoise by Mark Haddon

A newborn baby is the sole survivor of a terrifying plane crash. She is raised in wealthy isolation by an overprotective father and knows nothing of the rumours about a beautiful young woman, hidden from the world…

5. Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realise…