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Urgent... author recommendations please (not too trashy holiday reads)

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NoonarAgain Wed 12-Feb-14 20:01:27

Off on holiday tomorrow and need kindle download ideas!

I want something easy to read. Recently enjoyed...
The island
Gone girl
All Maggie o'farrels books
Poisonwood Bible
The Help
Secret life of bees
Some of Sophie Hannah's books

I also read an emily Barr and a Diane chamberlain. The latter was better than the former- even I thought emily Barr ( the sleeper) was badly written- but I rarely notice bad writing, lol! However, not sure I can face a second Diane chamberlain !

Any ideas?

snozzlemaid Wed 12-Feb-14 20:43:03

Have you read anything by Elizabeth Haynes? Her first one 'into the darkest corner' is brilliant.

NoonarAgain Wed 12-Feb-14 20:45:59

Is it very dark and scary?

MadameJosephine Wed 12-Feb-14 20:50:29

I've just finished The Storyteller by Jodi picoult, I don't always like her books but I really enjoyed this one.

How abou Chris Cleave? The Other Hand is fantastic

snozzlemaid Wed 12-Feb-14 20:55:05

Not too much. You feel anxious for the main character but I wasn't scared. It deals with domestic violence so might not be a suitable read for all. But I devoured it in a couple of days, I really couldn't stop reading it.

highlandcoo Wed 12-Feb-14 21:38:19

Based on the books you've enjoyed, I'd recommend :

The Light Between Oceans - M L Steadman

Longbourn - Jo Baker

The Last Runaway - Tracy Chevalier

Have a good holiday smile

BigPawsBrown Wed 12-Feb-14 21:39:44

Apple tree yard (described as a thriller but isn't - it's gripping like Gone Girl)

PixelAteMyFace Wed 12-Feb-14 22:12:30

Anything by Kate Atkinson

ListenToTheLady Wed 12-Feb-14 22:15:02

Jenny Eclair's novels - she has written 3 and they are all really good – well-written, funny but also dark and with interesting plots and great characters. Covers look like chick lit but they are much more than that.

Beamur Wed 12-Feb-14 22:15:15

YY to Kate Atkinson
You might also like Hilary Mantel and Donna Tartts books.

AuntFidgetWonkhamStrong Wed 12-Feb-14 22:15:46

Ditto Kate Atkinson & Sophie Hannah. Recently read The Rosie Project by Graham (or possibly Graeme) Simsion - hilarious! Would definitely recommend.

AuntFidgetWonkhamStrong Wed 12-Feb-14 22:16:41

Oops, sorry - it was you who suggested SH, OP!

DuchessofMalfi Thu 13-Feb-14 04:49:26

Agree Apple Tree Yard very good read. Not a thriller as such but is a page turner.

How about The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J K Rowling) - another good one.

I'm readind Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe atm. Very funny tales if life as a nanny/student in early 80s. All sorts of well known people crop up in it. Would make a good holiday read.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield - creepy and gothic tale, well-written page-turner.

DuchessofMalfi Thu 13-Feb-14 04:51:15

That should say - reading, and of ....

mimbleandlittlemy Thu 13-Feb-14 10:56:30

Another ditto for Kate Atkinson then how about:

My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You by Louisa Young
Flight Behaviour/Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (especially as you've got Poisonwood in there)
The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers

maudpringle Thu 13-Feb-14 11:00:38

Laurie Graham
Anne Tyler
Kate Atkinson
Jenny Eclair
are authors I have recently read and enjoyed smile
have a nice holiday

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 14-Feb-14 20:31:04

The Cry

whatiswrongwithyou Fri 14-Feb-14 20:36:30

The Snow Child. Eowyn Ivey.

MerlinFromCamelot Sat 15-Feb-14 21:53:32

Liked "In to darkest corner" but "Human remains" was awful imho.

Tideline - p Hancock
Black is the color - h Howe
The poison Tree (can't remember who by - sorry)

mumslife Tue 18-Feb-14 12:42:16

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

sami1985 Mon 10-Mar-14 17:06:01

Sophie Kinsella 'remember me' is a great one!

Matildaandthematches Mon 10-Mar-14 20:29:38

Try Susan Elliot Wright - The Things We Never Said. She's meant to be the new Maggie O'Farrell. I also liked Penny Hancock's Tideline so second that.

sami1985 Tue 11-Mar-14 21:36:43

Ooh yes I really enjoyed The Things We Never Said as well!

Cheshireblue Wed 19-Mar-14 18:35:53

If you liked Secret Life of Bees you will also enjoy Tiny Sunbirds Far Away

Littleturkish Wed 19-Mar-14 18:45:20

All of Tana French's books. Based on your list, you'll love them.

Second Cuckoos Calling

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