Top Pool Reads
Pool reads – our criteria? Unputdownable narratives that’ll keep you on that lounger. Some classics, some you’ll have heard, some you won’t. Grim, funny, moving, romantic, they’re all amazing and worth a visit…
Here’s our pick of the reads:
Girl on a Train by Paul Hawkins
Rachel catches a train every morning – so that she can spy on her ex boyfriend and his new lover. She’s convinced that something terrible is going on, but she can’t quite remember what it is. Beautifully written, very gripping and horribly realistic. Ideal for a poolside read.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Yes, we know it’s old and you’ve probably seen the musical and the various films, but it’s a wonderful book and very moving. Dickens is an author that you really have to take time to enjoy. And after you’ve come to the end, you’ll be saying: ‘Please sir, can I have some more.’
Killing Floor by Lee Child
Lee Child has written 21 books about Jack Reacher – a hard bitten cop with a military background. This is the first, and in many people’s opinion, one of the best. Lots of action, lots of details: it will keep you reading from the time you finish your afternoon dip until you have the first cocktail of the evening.
Do No Harm by Henry Marsh
£8.99, W &N
What is it like to be a brain surgeon, having to make decisions that could save a life or turn a patient into a vegetable? This is an account of surgery at the sharp end. Moving, insightful and a great read.
Ardennes 1944 by Antony Beevor
There’s nothing like a good military history for a poolside read. Full of action, drama and lots of intrigue, the Ardennes Offensive – often known as the Battle of the Bulge – was Hitler’s last attempt to push back the allies. It’s a fascinating story, told by one of Britain’s finest military historians.
As Good as it Gets? by Fiona Gibson
Lovely, fluffy chic-lit with an exciting story and some genuine comedy. Charlotte Bristow is struggling to cope with an unemployed husband and a teenage daughter, when she meets up with her first love – who incidentally is the father of her daughter. It’s beautifully told and there is some real heart-felt writing. It’s a cut above the average girly story.
Phantoms by Dean Koontz
Astonishingly, a lot of people while sitting on a sunbed in front of a delightful pool, like nothing better than a lot of blood, murder and mutilation. This book has got it all. It’s a gripping horror story by a master story teller about unexplained deaths in a small town.
The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square by Lily Bartlett
£7.99, Harper Impulse
So you fancy a bit of real escapism? This is a fluffy, girly read that will keep you turning the pages. Emma and Daniel, who have very different backgrounds, have to organise their wedding. It’s a lovely, fun rom-com.
Cosa Nostra – A history of the Sicilian Mafia, by John Dickie
£12.99, Hodder and Stoughton
Everyone loves a rattling good history of death, betrayal and family feuds. This is one of the most authoritative and exciting histories of the mafia and explains how it moved seamlessly from the orange groves of Sicily to the streets of America.
America’s Queen: the Life of Jacqueline Kennedy by Sarah Bradford
Despite the fact that she’s been dead for over 20 years, Jackie Kennedy has never been out of the limelight. This book is probably the best biography of Kennedy, who was the wife of President Kennedy and who later married Aristotle Onassis – the richest man in the world.