Top 5 holiday reads

Posted on: 08 July 2014 by Gareth Hargreaves

Nick Harkaway shares his top five summer holiday reads.

Author Nick Harkaway describes himself as a "story junkie, or some kind of story grazing animal which follows an endless migration through the world looking for new things and old things to take in and digest". here Nick picks the books he's take away on a summer holiday.

Beat the ReaperBeat the Reaper – Josh Frizzell

“If you want a zinging beach read, you can’t do any better. It is hilarious, fabulous, terrifying and there are sharks!”

Beat The Reaper



Bleeding EdgeBleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon

“This is an absolutely storming strange thriller set in run up to 9/11.  It is incredibly exciting, long and engrossing. If you are on the beach it is perfect.”

Bleeding Edge




Warm BodiesWarm Bodies, Isaac Marion

“It is the first time I have ever cared about a zombie book. It is great, fun, strange and will make you smile.”

Warm Bodies




The Count of Monte CristoThe Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

“This is a long, involved and tensely ploltted conspiracy. It is a remarkable read and will leave you breathless - perfect for reading by the sea!”

The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics)




Red DocRed Doc, Anne Carson

“When I am on holiday I need to read something a bit weird. Red Doc is strange, affecting, and very exciting. I guarantee it will blow your mind.”

Red Doc>



And finally, one for the children 

Winnie the PoohWinnie the Pooh, AA Milne


“Finally – for me Winnie the Pooh. I grew up with them, and they are still completely engrossing.”


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