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Holiday Must-Reads

20th July 2017

We’ve reached high summer. The weather’s good, the living is easy, and what could be better than settling down with a good book? You might be lying on a sun lounger in distant climes or in a hammock in your own garden, wherever you are, allow your imagination to wander with these sizzling summer picks from Harper Collins.

The Invitation

It’s 1951. In Europe’s post-war wreckage, the glittering Italian Riviera draws an eclectic cast of characters lured by the glamour but seeking escape. Amongst them, two outcasts: Hal, an English journalist who’s living on his charm; and Stella, an enigmatic society beauty, bound to a profiteering husband. A brief encounter pulls them together before Stella vanishes all too quickly.

Until Hal receives a mysterious invitation from a wealthy Contessa, and finds himself aboard a yacht headed for Cannes film festival on which, Stella is also a guest. Scratch the beautiful surface and the post-war scars of his new companions are quick to show. But Stella’s secrets seem to run deeper than anyone’s - stretching back into the violence of Franco’s Spain. And as Hal gets drawn closer, a love affair begins that will endanger everyone.

A scorching historical romance with a delectably glamorous backdrop from the author of The Book of Lost and Found. Is this the book of the summer?

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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 happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

An astonishing story that powerfully depicts the loneliness of life (amongst moments of genuine humour), and the effect a little kindness can have. The heroine can’t help but remind you of the Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby and the song’s refrain of “All the lonely people.”

Eligible

For sisters Liz and Jane, coming home to suburban Cincinnati means being paraded at the Lucas family’s barbecue, where burgers are served alongside the eligible men. It’s difficult though, to focus on re-booting their love lives when the family’s mock Tudor house starts to crumble around them. Yet as their mother reminds them, it’s not every day you meet a pair of handsome single doctors...

Originally an ELEMIS Book Club pick, we loved this modern day adaptation of Pride & Prejudice so much that we’re going to recommend it again. With the brilliantly named Chip Bingley taking the role of Mr. Darcy, and up-to-date references to the challenges of finding and maintaining love in the 21st century, this rework captures everything we love about the Austen-penned classic and adds so much more.

The Cows

Tara, Cam and Stella are strangers living their own lives as best they can – though when society’s screaming you should live life one way, it can be hard to like what you see in the mirror. When an extraordinary event ties invisible bonds of friendship between them, one woman’s catastrophe becomes another’s inspiration, and a life lesson to all.

The Cows is a powerful story about three women – judging each other, but also themselves. In all the noise of modern life, they need to find their own voice. Sometimes it’s okay not to follow the herd...

This third novel from TV presenter and journalist, Dawn O’Porter, will have you laughing out loud with its frankness and sharp insight into female relationships.

Persons Unknown

From the author of page-turners, Missing and Presumed, DI Manon Bradshaw is back.

As dusk falls a young man staggers through a park, far from home, bleeding from a stab wound. He dies where he falls; cradled by a stranger, a woman’s name on his lips in his last seconds of life.

DI Manon Bradshaw can’t help taking an interest – these days she only handles cold cases, but the man died just yards from the police station where she works. She’s horrified to discover that both victim and prime suspect are more closely linked to her than she could have imagined. And as the Cambridgeshire police force closes ranks against her, she is forced to contemplate the unthinkable: how well does she know her loved ones, and are they capable of murder?

If you love a thriller, this one is definitely for you.



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