Books for the Beach

Nothing quite beats sitting on a sandy beach, listening to the sound of the ocean and reading a good book. But holiday reads can actually be more than just great literature, here is a collection of books set in some top holiday spots so that you can get to know your destination before you even step off the plane…

Undoubtedly the book to read before going to Barcelona, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón tells the gripping story of a young boy who discovers a mysterious novel in the Cemetry of Forgotten Books. Zafón describes Barcelona in vivid detail, referencing squares, buildings and streets that still line the city today.

If you’re heading to France this summer, then immerse yourself in the world of Joanne Harris’ Chocolat. Famously adapted into a film starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche, Chocolat is the story of a single mother who arrives in a small French village with her six-year-old daughter and opens a Chocolaterie which soon casts a spell over the local town. Although set in a fictional town, the atmosphere of a typical sleepy village in the heart of the French countryside prevails throughout.

A Venetian Affair: A True Tale of Forbidden Love in the 18th Century is based on a cache of letters discovered by the author Andrea Di Robilant’s father. The book charts the forbidden love between nobleman Andrea Memmo and lower class Giustiniana Wynne. Set in 18th century Venice, this is a vivid representation of the era of high society, masked balls and the illustrious Casanova.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love charts the author’s voyage of discovery across Italy, India and Indonesia. After leaving her home, job and husband in New York, Liz embarks upon the journey of a lifetime, discovering the delicious food of Rome, her own spirituality in India and love in Bali. A great beach read, Gilbert’s strength is in her detailed observations of each location, from the food, to the landmarks, to the local people and their traditions, it’s hard not to be inspired by the narrator’s global quest for happiness.

In Biscayne Bay, Florida, is a unique community known as Stiltsville. Built around the early 1930s, these houses set on stilts above the water form the unique setting for Susanna Daniel’s Stiltsville. Spanning 30 years, from 1969 until the 1990s, the novel follows one woman’s life with a background of the real-life historical events that shaped modern day Miami.

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