Dream of lazy warm days with the woman&home team's favourite summer reads
“Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.” Eleanor Oliphant is doing just fine… But what happens when a simple act of kindness makes her rethink her entire way of being? Dark moments, laugh-out-loud humour, this book has it all…
Recently adapted into a gripping TV drama, Big Little Lies follows the lives of three women who appear to have it all. But what happens when a single little lie spirals out of control? Gripping and complex, you won’t want to put it down.
Written by the author of last summer’s runaway hit, The Miniaturist, this novel is set up to be just as successful. Billed as “an unforgettable novel about aspiration and identity, love and obsession, authenticity and deception,” it follows the life of Odelle Bastien, in the 1960s, as she begins a new role as typist at a London gallery. There, with the appearance of a long-lost painting with a secret history, a mystery begins to unfold.
Crime thrillers are always a poplar beach read (we’re still not quite sure why that is), and the 23rd in the DCI Banks series, by popular writer Peter Robinson, is no exception; it made the number one spot in the Times Bestseller list in 2016. Tapping into the actual news, the novel i charts an historical abuse investigation on a case that has been cold for 50 years. How will it affect the local community? You’ll have to read it to find out.
Many of you will know the film that was based on this book, but that doesn’t mean you can’t revisit the story. As a recap, a group of strangers, each enticed by advertisements for a luxury retirement home in India, leave England to begin a new life. But when they arrive there, things aren’t quite as they expected… and general hilarity and eccentricity ensues.
Read it before you embark on an actual trip to India, to visit the majestic Taj Mahal and see the places that inspired the film.
Fans of the ITV Sunday night drama, The Durrells, will love this book, which charts the real life story of the family. More surprising even than some of Gerry’s adventures, the book describes the family’s upbringing in India and the crisis that brought them to England and then Greece. It also features never-seen-before photos, to bring the madcap family even more vividly to life.
If you’re inspired by the book, why not visit Corfu on a 5-day trip to the magical island, accompanied by Lee Durrell?
‘Delightful’, ‘Charming’, ‘Light’, ‘Whimsical’, ‘Magical’ and ‘Warm’ – these are just some of the words that litter the reviews of this debut novel. The premise? A once celebrated author has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Now in his twilight years, and realising that he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners – his assistant Laura. One action triggers another, and serendipity appears to step in…
Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon’s open approach to discussing mental health with wit and vivacity is translated perfectly into this book, which explores her relationship with her OCD and depression as only she can – with warmth and dark humour.