There's no bookclub for July and August, but we need to fill our suitcase with suitably gripping stories What books are you packing?
Wrapped inside my towel is:
The Help by Kathryn Stockett: I've got an early copy of this (published 23 July) and I think it'll be huge. Very moving story of a black maid in 60s Missippi and her relationship with the child she cares for and her family.
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters: I love this author, you always feel in safe hands and she nails that ideal holiday mix of accessible and intelligent. And the plots are always twisty tight.
One Day by David Nicholls: Caught a bit on the radio and want to finish the story. And I can't wait to read a properly funny book with a happy ending.
And right now I'm ploughing into the new Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood, which is a companion to Oryx and Crake (our last bookclub book). It isn't out till September - I'll pop a review up here when I'm finished.
What are your top tips? We'll keep this thread going all summer so post when you can...
Just back from holidays where I loved "The Little Stranger" by Sarah Waters and "American wife" By Curtis Sittenfeld. Both were intelligent and thought provoking yet page turners at the same time. Loved them both.
So far I have got: The Moonstone and The Woman In White A Georgette Heyer A history of cooking That Swedish vampire one - Let The Right One In The Mutiny On The Bounty by the Striped PJs guy One that was an R&J I think - is it Neverland or Netherland or something like that? Mind has gone blank.
I have no idea if any of them are going to be good though!
Home I thought was shite, but it won the Costa prize and got rave reviews so who am I to say!
Little Stranger is a wonderful read, and One Day by David Nicholls managed to be gripping and touching despite being not much more than chick-lit at heart - but he was so spot on in his observations what it was like to be young in the late '80s to present.
I've been reading the Nursery Crime Division mysteries by Jasper Fforde... very funny, grown-up spin on popular traditional tales... the first book is about Humpty Dumpty... was he murdered? Did he fall or was he pushed