Tuesday 11 August 2015

Summer Suitcase of Six

If I can catch you before you go on your holidays, and if you’re having one of those trips where you read an entire year’s worth of books in two weeks (apologies to those who are guffawing at the prospect, with small children tugging at their ankles, the lasagne smelling just a little too cooked and the nit situation propelling itself to top evening’s priority because they’re starting to bounce) you might be interested in my Summer Suitcase of Six featured in the latest copy of Chase. 

You can view the full article here, pages 80/81 which features:

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh: perhaps not your typical beach read but the plight of the brain surgeon as much as that of his patients had me hooked.

Close of Play by PJ Whiteley: a roncom for men and cricket-loving women. Really? It works! Try it!

Until You’re Mine by Samantha Hayes: very creepy, great twist.

The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence: wry, touching sentimentality – my favourite kind of read.

Us by David Nicholls: very funny, brilliant observation which made me laugh out loud but it’s a little soppy, too.

Flight by Isabel Ashdown: another brilliant concept from Ashdown with page-turning characters and dilemmas.Chase have two signed copies of Flight up for grabs. Email Chase with your answer to the simple question here, before the closing date of 30 August, and you’re in with a chance.

Meanwhile, what should I be reading on my holiday - being at the pleading with the children to sit down with me, rather than the ankle hanging stage of parenthood -? Recommendations welcome, please!


  1. Some recommendations from people over at FB:
    A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (thanks Emma Pittard)
    The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (thanks Helen Mason - was interested in this so I'm now off to buy it)
    Appleby Farm by Cathy Bramley (thanks Cathy - shameless self-publicizing but we'll let you off as I'm sure it's fab ;)

    1. Update: have just bought all three - is it any wonder I have no money...?!?

  2. Thank you, currently reading US and liking it very much. Have read The Miniaturist - mixed feelings so let us know what you think! Not read any of your recommendations apart from US so will definitely give some of them a go, a very interesting selection you have given us.

  3. Thanks Lyn. I'm intrigued you had mixed feelings about the Miniaturist as I thought of you - re the dolls house - when I read the blurb. Will let you know how I get on. So pleased you're enjoying US.

  4. Until You're Mine looks good, judging solely from the cover, I'm a life-long book-cover judger, and it's served me well.

    1. Haha! Well, I'm sure the cover designers will be very pleased to hear that, Annalisa! I'm definitely attracted to covers. I remember our middle school English teacher (who was generally wonderful) asking us how we decided what to read. I boldly told her that if I liked the cover I'd read the first page and if I liked how that was written, I'd probably read the book. She was very dismissive of this which baffled me at the time and still does - it's worked very well for me over the years! Thanks for reading :)


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