BOOK REVIEWS: HOLIDAY BOOK-INS; Summer Is Here and the Beach Is Beckoning. You Have Your Suntan Lotion, Sunglasses and Towel. Now Let Us Help You Choose Your Books

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BOOK REVIEWS: HOLIDAY BOOK-INS; Summer Is Here and the Beach Is Beckoning. You Have Your Suntan Lotion, Sunglasses and Towel. Now Let Us Help You Choose Your Books


Byline: BY HENRY SUTTON

FOR HER

1. HAVING A LOVELY TIME by Jenny Eclair (Time Warner, pounds 6.99) Hilariously dark comedy from the comedienne about two modern families falling further apart while on holiday in Italy. Sharply observed and loaded with infidelity, jealously, resentment and recriminations.

2. THE HISTORIAN by Elizabeth Kostova (Little, Brown, pounds 10.99) Retelling the Dracula myth, a young woman inherits a little more than she can chew from her secretive dad. The action stretches from Oxford to Istanbul and, with over 600 pages, it's this year's classy big read.

3. JOURNEY TO THE SOUTH by Annie Hawes (Penguin, pounds 7.99) Travelogues don't get much tastier than this slice of Italian life from the charming expat who's shacked up with a local. Ciccio takes Annie to where he was born - heavenly, unspoilt and simply delicious Calabria.

4. LAUGHING AS THEY CHASED US by Sarah Jackman (Pocket, pounds 6.99) Super debut set in the sultry south of France. Six young adults, British and French, are finally growing up and learning about commitment, passion and especially how to keep having fun in the sun.

5. 44 SCOTLAND STREET by Alexander McCall Smith (Abacus pounds 6.99) First published as a serial in The Scotsman newspaper - which is originally how all popular 19th-century novels were once published - this delightful tale revolves around the comings and goings of one very full house in a bohemian corner of Edinburgh's New Town.

FOR TEENS

1. TERSIAS by GP Taylor (Faber, pounds 9.99) Taylor is the thinking person's JK Rowling. Focused around Tersias, a blind boy oracle, this thriller features sorcery, intrigue and supernatural strife.

2. STUFF by Jeremy Strong (Puffin, pounds 4.99) Simon (Stuff) really likes Sky, but he's still with Delfine, whose brother will kill him if he dumps her. He must also cope with a new stepmum, and sister, which he does with great humour.

3. THE BAD GIRLS' CLUB by Rhian Tracey (Bloomsbury, pounds 6.99) Mary, Bea, Meena and Atlanta are the founders of an on air book club, chaired by the hugely cool Jazz. But Mary goes after Bea's boyfriend and the cosy foursome begins to fall apart.

4. ARK ANGEL by Anthony Horowitz (Walker Books, pounds 6.99) Teen spy hero Alex Rider fights off four sinister intruders by using some hospital equipment, before the action shifts to Stamford Bridge, a shipwreck and finally space.

5. THE WISH HOUSE by Celia Rees (Young Picador, pounds 9.99)

Richard will never forget the summer holidays of 1976 in a caravan in Wales. In a house up the road was a free-living hippy family. Sex and death ensued. …

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