5 Books To Read Before Exploring The UK This Summer

A couple of weeks back, we told you all about the best places for a late summer staycation right here in the UK. This week, we’ve got our hands on some great books that will transport you to all the most popular locations in some unexpected ways right from your sofa or when planning your next trip. From sitting beach-side in Cornwall to feeling like a true tourist at the Thames, these are the five books you need in hand for a newfound appreciation of all England has to offer. Keep scrolling and take your pick…

1. Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem

Planning on staying around London this summer? Lara Maiklem’s Mudlarking is giving us a whole new perspective on the city with a deep look into the lost and found of the River Thames after over fifteen years of scouring. Finding Neolithic flints, Roman hair pins, medieval buckles, Georgian clay pipes and more – these objects tell her about London and its lost way of life. The book is a search for urban solitude and history on the River Thames, what Lara calls `the longest archaeological site in the world’.

2. Dark, Salt & Clear by Lamorna Ash

The first thing that comes to mind when craving some seaside is heading down south to the shores of Cornwall. But to get a taste of the salt air before you’ve even arrived, a read of Dark, Salt, Clear by Lamorna Ash, gives us a captivating, lyrical and deeply discerning portrait of life in the Cornish town of Newlyn. We follow Lamorna as she embarks on a week-long trawler trip with a crew of local fishermen in a journey of personal discovery replete with the poetry and deep history of our fishing communities.

3. The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan

When single mother Zoe and her son Hari are struggling to stay afloat in London, an offer from Hari’s aunt for a move to Scotland to help run a bookshop seems to be the change they both desperately need. Faced with an unwelcoming boss, the moody bookseller Ramsay and a band of unruly children, Zoe wonders if she made the right decision. However, Hari’s made a friend and the loch glinting in the summer sun is too beautiful to pass up. If only Ramsay was more approachable…

4. Bone China by Laura Purcell

Bone China by Laura Purcell takes us back to Cornwall, only this time with a spookier twist. Consumption has ravaged Louise Pinecroft’s family leaving her and father alone and heartbroken. Dr Pinecroft, however, is convinced the sea air will prove to be the cure his wife and children need and arranges to house a group of prisoners with the same disease in the cliffs between his new Cornish home. 40 years later, Hester Why arrives at Morvoren House to nurse the paralysed Miss Pincecroft but soon realises her new home may be more dangerous than anticipated…

5. Sunny Days and Sea Breezes by Carole Matthews

On a ferry to the Isle of Wight, Jodie Jackson leaves her London life, husband and career behind. She’s looking for a chance to turn back the clocks but is settling for some peace and quiet on her brother Bill’s houseboat, Sunny Days. But on-board, it’s clear she’ll struggle for any alone time with Marilyn, the cleaner under strict instructions to keep an eye on her, and Ned, the noisy sculptor next door proving to be hard on the ears but made up by the fact he’s easy on the eyes. Jodie soon delights in her newfound freedom, but when her old life comes knocking, will she answer or choose a life filled with Sunny Days and Sea Breezes?

 

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