Warm books?!

(15 Posts)
MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Thu 04-Apr-13 19:54:33

I know the weather forecasters keep saying it's going to warm up, but the cold has really got into my bones (as my granny would have said).

Which books have warmth or sunshine as a theme? I can think of The Go-Between and Penelope Lively's Heatwave, but then my mind goes blank.

Perhaps I should read something set in a hot country.

tripfiction Fri 05-Apr-13 08:50:53

Isn't this weather just lasting and lasting. It has to warm up soon, surely???
So, we list quite a few novels set in warm places. Currently on our blog and just released yesterday a very dark and very "hot feeling" story set in Morocco:
tripfiction.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/Novel-set-in-Morocco.html

A couple set in and evocative of Florence that remind us of sun and heat:
The Dead Season by Christobel Kent
Death in August by Marco Vichi

Catching the Sun by Tony Parsons brings Phuket to life

Lots more to choose from if none of the above appeal! Enjoy choosing.

Cherrypi Fri 05-Apr-13 16:56:22

Cutting for stone is set in Africa.

TomDudgeon Fri 05-Apr-13 19:10:22

Driving over lemons and their ilk are nice and sunny

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Fri 05-Apr-13 20:03:50

Tom Dudgeon I'm sure there's two or three copies of Driving over Lemons in our local charity shops. I'll go tomorrow and see what I can find.

Love the name! Coot Club is fantastic, we are all Ransome fans here smile

Cherrypi I know nothing about Cutting for Stone. Can you give a bit of information, please?

craftycottontail Sat 06-Apr-13 11:08:41

If you want something classic try THe Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von.... Armin? Sorry I can't quite remember her surname. It's about a group of ladies who rent an Italian villa to get away from various problems/husbands! Has beautiful descriptions of the scenery and just has a hot and lazy feel

loulouppy Sat 06-Apr-13 12:05:13

i just read the snow child and 1222 to try and embrace the cold, now switching to a bit of Carl Haaisen who writes slightly silly crime stories based in florida, all sweat sand cocktails and crocodiles

Cherrypi Sat 06-Apr-13 12:29:04

Cutting for stone is by Abraham Verghese. It is a sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel—an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home. It's about twins. I really enjoyed it.

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Sun 07-Apr-13 09:53:04

craftycottontail, I love The Enchanted April, it really does have lovely descriptions and feels very sunny.

cherrypi thank you, I'll have a look for it, it sounds like a very good read.

Actually, the weather does finally seem to be warming up!

SarahAndFuck Thu 18-Apr-13 22:25:18

Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd.

Mostly set in Africa, a few cold English scenes but worth it for the loveliness of, well, all of it really.

Or have you considered Cujo by Stephen King? Family trapped in a broken-down and very hot car by a rabid dog during a heatwave. wink

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 18-Apr-13 22:28:31

How about the no1 ladies detective agency for a gentle read or the Montalbano book August Heat for a grittier one.

glub Fri 19-Apr-13 10:30:40

the beach - alex garland. oldie but goodie.

LittleMissLucy Sat 20-Apr-13 22:31:53

How about A YEAR IN PROVENCE? I haven't actually read it, but I remember when it came out there was a lot of noise about it making everyone want to leave for warmer climes.

RedHelenB Sat 27-Apr-13 15:40:54

Beau Geste

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Tue 30-Apr-13 21:23:13

Only just replying to this, apologies to everyone for their suggestions.

Some books I've already read, but may well read again, some I don't know so will look for them.

I actually sat in a sunny window today and read for a while, it felt fantastic! Perhaps we'll have a heatwave and will be asking each other for cold books before long smile

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