I am a teacher. Recently a pupil came to me and said that he had seen a picture of me in a library book. I thought he was joking. He showed the photo to me. It was a photo of a woman (with my face, not body) lying in the red sea reading a newspaper. I was completely shocked. It was definitely me, There was nothing offensive about the photo. It was an Usbourne science publication aimed at older primary school children. Is it illegal to use my photo in a a publication in this way?
It depends. Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you cannot use intrusive pictures, e.g. telephoto lens on private land but you can say take footage of people attending a football match and use it without their permission. it is pretty likely therefore you were on a public beach and they could use the image in my view so I doubt you'll make millions from this or get all the books scrapped but you could certainly write to the publishers and see what they say. Also they are not suggesting you endorsed a product. It is just a random picture so probably okay in law in my view.
Like others have said, there are probably hundreds of people photographed reading papers while floating in the Dead Sea. It's a complete cliché. The publishers of the book would have no reason to superimpose your face on another person's body for this picture. She just looks like you.