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Top 10 Best Summer Holiday Books for Adults

Whether you're planning a peaceful staycation, an exciting trip abroad or a visit to the seaside, we're sure you'll find the perfect book for your summer holiday in the list below. Featuring gripping thrillers, poignant romances and more, see below for the best summer holiday books for adults.

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1. Sweet Sorrow

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David Nicholls

The bestselling author behind the heart-wrenching One Day is back with a tender look at first love across one life-changing summer. Charlie has just finished school after flunking his exams and has no idea what he's going to do with his life when he meets Fran. He soon finds himself falling for her but in order to be with her he's going to have to brush up on his Shakespeare.


2. Emma Burstall Collection

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Emma Burstall

This three-book collection is set in Tremarnock, a small Cornish village by the sea. Each book tells the story of the local residents and the adventures they have there. Perfect for summer, you'll find yourself absorbed in the tales of this village and booking your own trip to Cornwall!


3. Sleep

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C.L. Taylor

If the hot summer nights are keeping you awake why not use the opportunity to read a thriller that would have you up all night anyway? Guilt-ridden Anna is struggling to sleep at night so she flees her past by going to work at a hotel on a remote Scottish island. Seven guests arrive all with seven separate secrets and soon enough it becomes clear that Anna is no longer safe. 


4. The Other Half of Augusta Hope

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Joanna Glen

This story of self-discovery is about the very unusual Augusta Hope. Even as a child, Augusta never fit in. She read the dictionary as a 6-year-old and corrected her teachers at 7. Now, as an adult, living in a small town with her family, some tragic news sends her life into a new direction. She's on a mission to find out who she is and where she belongs. 


5. Matt Haig Collection

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Matt Haig

Matt Haig is known for his brilliant fiction, non-fiction and children's books and this collection includes three of his earliest novels. From ghosts to narrating dogs to gruesome murders, this collection will entertain and captivate every sort of reader this summer. 


6. Two Steps Forward

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Graeme Simsion

Disappear into this thought-provoking read this summer and be transported to Spain. Zoe is grieving the loss of her husband and Martin is dealing with a difficult divorce but embarking on this rather unusual journey together could give them both the perfect shot at a second chance. This is a moving and inspiring read that is sure to find its way into your heart.  


7. Robert Bryndza Collection

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Robert Bryndza

This collection is sure to put chills down your spine on even the hottest summer day. Detective Erika Foster deals with three shocking and gripping mysteries in these unputdownable reads. It all starts when a body is discovered beneath a sheet of ice in a London park that could be linked to a recent string of murders...


8. Louise Candlish Collection

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Louise Candlish

Louise Candlish's books are filled with shocking twists, scandalous secrets and sinister obsessions. The Disappearance of Emily Marr begins when an affair is exposed to the public; Other People's Secrets tells the story of family tragedy and The Second Husband sees Kate Easton's life turned upside-down.


9. Blackberry & Wild Rose

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Sonia Velton

Get wrapped up in an intelligent historical treat this summer. After Esther Thorel rescues Sara Kemp from working in a brothel, Sara becomes a maid in Esther's household. But, social class and their own hypocrisies lead them to have an unsteady relationship. Set during a fascinating part of history and telling the story of the silk weavers of Spitalfields in late 18th century, this is the perfect novel for history fiction fans. 


10. Dear Mrs Bird

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A.J. Pearce

This heart-warming read from A.J. Pearce is set during World War Two and sees Emmy Lake dream of becoming a Lady War Correspondent. Unfortunately, the job she takes isn't quite what she expected and the next thing she knows she replying to letters for Henrietta Bird, a magazine agony aunt. Mrs Bird has clear rules on what sorts of letters get replies but it soon becomes clear to Emmy that the messages she's told to ignore are the ones who need a reply the most. For Emmy, it's time to start breaking the rules.