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, fun non-fiction and more, see below for the best summer holiday books for adults.

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1. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

  • £8.39

Alexander McCall Smith

If you've got a problem and no-one else can help you, pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only - and finest - female private detective. With warmth, wit and sharp intuition on her side, she's sure to solve the most mysterious cases - including wayward daughters, missing husbands, philandering partners and curious conmen. Discover the colourful Botswanan culture whilst enjoying the heart-warming and gripping story of Precious Ramotswe.


2. Reading Allowed

  • £4.99

Chris Paling

Chris Paling works in a small-town library in southern England. In this book, he introduces some of the quirky characters who regularly use this invaluable service. They include street-sleepers Brewer, Wolf and Spencer; the ever-cheerful Trish, who's always dressed in pink; and Sons of Anarchy Alan, a young man with Down's Syndrome who loves the popular American drama. Some of their stories are tragic, others amusing, and others genuinely bizarre. This poignant and humorous book celebrates libraries and their important role as one of the few places people from all backgrounds can visit to interact and explore the world of books.


3. Art Therapy: An Anti-Stress Colouring Book

  • £3.99

Richard Merritt

Sit back, put your feet up and unwind with this therapeutic adult colouring book. Bursting with doodling, colouring and drawing fun, you can enjoy all kinds of activities, including creating free-flowing lines and swirls and shading in beautiful patterns. Every illustration in this stunning book has been carefully crafted so that even beginners can enjoy creating a wonderful work of art. There are no rules in this art book, making for a truly imaginative, unique and creative experience, perfect for stress relief.


4. Swing Time

  • £18.89

Zadie Smith

This enthralling novel travels from North West London to West Africa and features two girls who dream of being dancers, but only one has the talent. The other has ideas about rhythm, time, black bodies and black music. The close and complicated friendship between the girls ends in their early 20s, but is never forgotten.


5. The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown

  • £4.99

Vaseem Khan

For centuries, the Koh-i-Noor diamond has caused nothing but bloodshed. Now, it's part of the British Crown Jewels. Security is of utmost importance when they go on display in Mumbai, but when Inspector Chopra visits the exhibition, the diamond is stolen from under his very nose in a seemingly impossible act of theft. Will he - and his elephant - be able to find the criminal? This quirky, charming and enthralling book will delight fans of cosy crime.


6. Cathy Bramley Collection

Cathy Bramley Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780552173780 - Cathy Bramley
  • £4.99
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  • Just £1.66 per book

Cathy Bramley

For something a bit more cheerful, this is the perfect heart-warming collection. It features 3 feel-good reads: Appleby Farm, which follows Freya Moorcroft as she tries to find love and friendship between her farming work; Ivy Lane, in which Tilly Parker looks for a fresh start, fresh air and a fresh attitude; and Conditional Love, in which some serious surprises are in store for Sophie Stone when a mysterious benefactor leaves her an inheritance. There's just one catch: she must meet the father she's never even seen...


7. The Constant Princess

  • £7.89

Philippa Gregory

This sumptuous and engrossing novel follows Katherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII. Discover the story of the Spanish Infanta, born to ruthless warrior rulers and betrothed to Arthur, Prince of Wales, at the age of four. Find out how she came to be Henry VIII's queen through turbulent events, and how she rose above the dangerous politics of the English court to become a powerful ruler, despite giving birth to only one surviving child: Mary. But Henry VIII is determined to have a son, and as Katherine grows older, he will go to unprecedented lengths to get what he wants...


8. The Sunshine Diet

  • £3.99

Shelina Permalloo

Perfect for summer, MasterChef champion Shelina Permalloo offers an assortment of scrumptious, satisfying yet healthy recipes in this beautiful cookbook. Shelina's nutritious recipes, inspired by her exotic holidays and Mauritian heritage, feature easy-to-follow instructions and a calorie, sugar and fat count for each portion. Highlights include Steamed Hake with Wasabi, Soy and Ginger, Baked Moroccan Eggs, Make-ahead Banana Bread and an Orange Blossom and Rose Creme Brulee - delicious!


9. Millie Marotta's Wild Savannah

  • £3.99

Millie Marotta

This beautiful colouring book is inspired by the swaying grasslands of Africa, Asia and Australia. Sit back and relax as you colour in pictures of crocodiles, kangaroos, ostriches, gazelles and so much more, as well as a number of exotic environments, and be whisked away to exciting locations.


10. Me Before You

  • £7.09

Jojo Moyes

Lou Clark leads a modest but comfortable life, working at the delightful Buttered Bun teashop, trying to find time to see her fitness-mad boyfriend, Patrick. But everything changes when the teashop closes down. Lou finds a new job supporting a quadriplegic man named Will, whom she initially finds utterly infuriating, his moods erratic, his comments cutting. But then she learns his shocking secret - and it seems it's up to her to save his life... This touching story is amusing, striking and poignant.