Nothing beats a great holiday with a new book to read. Check out our top 10 holiday reads, in no particular order…


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1. Under a Croatian Sun by Anthony Stancomb (John Blake, £7.99)

This charming memoir about a couple who move from London to Croatia is a funny and heartwarming account of the ups and downs of a new life abroad.

2. Thirst by Kerry Hudson (Chatto & Windus, £12.99)

When Londoner Dave meets Alena from Siberia in a Bond Street shop, an unlikely relationship begins. A heart-wrenching, fast-paced story of two people and their secrets.

3. The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas (Harvill Secker, £12.99)

With one of the best titles in recent memory, Puertolas’s tale of a Fakir who cons his way into a Paris IKEA store is wonderfully irreverent.

4. The Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez (Little Brown, £7.99)

A sequel to The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul, this enchanting tale focuses on a community of women who form a beauty school in the difficult setting of Afghanistan.

5. Sealed with a Kiss by Rachael Lucas  (Macmillan, £6.99)

What better way to start again after being dumped than taking a new job on a remote Scottish island? But Kate soon finds out that island life takes a lot of getting used to in this charming, romantic novel.

6. Breathing Out by Karen Hockney (Karen Hockney, £7.99)

In a moving, honest account, writer Karen Hockney tells of her battle with cancer as an Englishwoman living in the south of France – struggling against both an unknown illness and the health system of a foreign country.

7. The Visitors by Sally Beauman (Little Brown, £16.99)

Arriving in Egypt in 1922 to escape typhoid, Lucy meets a lifelong friend and they both get involved in an exciting adventure in the hunt for Tutankhamun’s tomb.

8. The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go (Cornerstone, £14.99)

A young man’s journey to trace his inheritance leads him across the world from London and to the remote Eastfjords of Iceland, to the Somme Battlefields and Mount Everest.

9. All the Beggars Riding by Lucy Caldwell (Faber & Faber, £12.99)

Inspired by an evening class in creative writing, Lara attempts to piece together family memories from times spent in London, Belfast and Spain. This is a stirring tale of love, desire and family.

10. Summer at the Lake by Erica James (Orion, £14.99)

After a chance meeting, Floriana heads to a wedding in Lake Como. For Esme, the destination awakens memories of young love. Captivating tale from a well-loved author.

Find out our next recommendations of holiday books in the next issue of Cruise International out on 5 September 2014.