Forget the jet set, it's all about armchair travel these days
When we dream of summer it generally doesn't involve it raining so much that our hair is plastered to our faces and our shoes have become miniature paddling pools in their own right.
But you can't win them all and if, like us, your summer holiday is going to be about as exotic as a trip down the corner shop for a Snickers, find yourself a comfy spot on the sofa and join us on an around the world, literary journey that will take you everywhere from the ghostly mountains of Tibet to the wildest depths of the Thai jungle. All from the comfort of your very own sofa.
Have a nose through and see what you think of our round the world reads..
1. FRANCE - Charlotte Grey - Sebastian Faulks
It's 1942 and in the midst of World War II, Charlotte Grey finds herself in a blacked out London, falling in love with an airman. But when he doesn't return from a mission to France, she finds herself drawn into the world of espionage.
Going to France on an errand for a British organisation helping the Resistance as a cover for her own private purposes. Unknown to her, she is also being manipulated by people with no regard for her safety..
2. SPAIN - The Prisoner of Heaven - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
If you've never come across The Shadow of The Wind or The Angels, we'd suggest you start off with them. The third novel in the series will take you back to 1950s Barcelona and the dark world of the Cemetry of Forgotten Books.
Daniel and Bea are now married and living with his father at the family bookshop, Sempere & Sons while our old friend Fermin is planning his marriage to Bernada. Alone in the shop one day, Daniel encounters a mysterious figure with a pronounced limp who asks to buy a prized, illustrated edition of The Count of Monte Cristo before leaving it behind, inscribed with the words 'To Fermin Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and holds the key to the future.'
The visit leads back to a story of imprisonments, betrayal and the return of a deadly rival.
3. GREECE - The Thread - Victoria Hislop
Our next stop is Greece for a story of friendship and love that spans nearly a hundred years, enduring through the catastrophes and upheavals of the twentieth century - both natural and man-made - in the turbulent city of Thessaloniki.
A wonderfully evocative and enthralling saga enriched by sweeping historical events, from fire to civil was to Nazi brutality and economic collapse.
If you like a sense of history, this is the one for you and as well as setting a beautiful Grecian backdrop, the sotry is singular and unforgettable, full to the brim with the most colourful and captivating characters.
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