Ultimate Beach Reads by Team BATC
Luton Airport, 6.53am. You’ve sprinted through security and pounded past passport control, leaving you two minutes to pick up the perfect summer read. Agh! Thankfully, Team BATC are on hand with their guide to the best beach books…
Dani Atkins, author of Our Song
For the ultimate beach read I want escapism and excitement. A grip-you-by-the-throat thriller or anything by two of my favourite authors: Stephen King and Liane Moriarty will definitely be found in my bag.
Holly Hepburn, author of Summer at the Star and Sixpence
Anything written by the wonderful Jill Mansell – what could be better than spending a few sun-soaked hours with characters you wish were your friends?
Penny Parkes, author of Out of Practice
Bearing in mind I’m a ‘mountains-and-lakes’ kind of girl – happiest humming the tune to Heidi – the notion of a ‘beach read’ is somewhat tricky! If I’m confined to a sun-lounger, then I definitely need something engaging and thought-provoking, irrespective of where it’s set. Louise Candlish certainly delivered last year with The Sudden Departure Of The Frasers. Just fabulous.
Santa Montefiore, author of Daughters of Castle Deverill
My ultimate beach read is long and gripping – last summer I read all George R R Martin’s Game of Thrones series. Kept me quiet for two weeks and enormously entertained.
Heidi Swain, author of Summer at Skylark Farm
The Longest Holiday by Paige Toon grabs my Ultimate Beach Read Top Spot. The novel is pure escapism. Just the sort of book I love to have to hand when I’m gracing a sandy stretch of the Norfolk or Suffolk coast. The beautiful backdrop of Florida’s Key West, coupled with sultry Cuban scuba diver Leo makes for a heady mix!