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The best books to read on your summer holidays

From twisty thrillers to riffs on friendship and motherhood, from gripping historical tomes to jaw-dropping science books... make sure to leave room in your suitcase for these recommendations

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A selection of books to dive into this summer. Illustration by Lieske Keegstra

A selection of books to dive into this summer. Illustration by Lieske Keegstra

Muscular work: Louise O’Neill, author of the bestseller Idol. Photo by Leonardo Cendamo/Getty Images

Muscular work: Louise O’Neill, author of the bestseller Idol. Photo by Leonardo Cendamo/Getty Images

Gerrick Kennedy’s Didn’t We Almost Have It All looks at the complexities of Whitney Houston's life

Gerrick Kennedy’s Didn’t We Almost Have It All looks at the complexities of Whitney Houston's life

Murder and mayhem: Patricia Gibney returns us to Ragmullin in the latest DI Lottie Parker thrile. Photo by Ger Holland Photography

Murder and mayhem: Patricia Gibney returns us to Ragmullin in the latest DI Lottie Parker thrile. Photo by Ger Holland Photography

Oded Galor, author of The Journey of Humanity: The Origins of Wealth and Inequality

Oded Galor, author of The Journey of Humanity: The Origins of Wealth and Inequality

Lightness of touch: Meg Mason, author of Sorrow & Bliss. Photo by Grant Sparkes-Carroll

Lightness of touch: Meg Mason, author of Sorrow & Bliss. Photo by Grant Sparkes-Carroll

Bridgerton treatment: A new Netflix version of the Jane Austen classic Persuasion is to be released next month. Photo by Nick Wall/Netflix

Bridgerton treatment: A new Netflix version of the Jane Austen classic Persuasion is to be released next month. Photo by Nick Wall/Netflix

Brave book: Clare Shine during a Republic of Ireland training session last September. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Brave book: Clare Shine during a Republic of Ireland training session last September. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Stanley Townsend as Hackett in the Quirke TV series. Townsend reads the latest Quirke thriller, April in Spain

Stanley Townsend as Hackett in the Quirke TV series. Townsend reads the latest Quirke thriller, April in Spain

Hush by Kate Maxwell

Hush by Kate Maxwell

True Story: What Reality TV Says About Us by Danielle Lindemann

True Story: What Reality TV Says About Us by Danielle Lindemann

Can Fish Count by Brian Butterworth

Can Fish Count by Brian Butterworth

Buried Angels by Patricia Gibney

Buried Angels by Patricia Gibney

Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh

Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh

Spiritual Wounds: Trauma, Testimony and the Irish Civil War by Síobhra Aiken

Spiritual Wounds: Trauma, Testimony and the Irish Civil War by Síobhra Aiken

The Wedding by Dorothy West

The Wedding by Dorothy West

The Game by Tadhg Coakley

The Game by Tadhg Coakley

The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

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A selection of books to dive into this summer. Illustration by Lieske Keegstra

As the summer holiday season gets into full swing, our team of reviewers have book recommendations for all tastes, from fast-paced easy reads to some sizzling classics. Whether you’re heading to foreign shores or staying at home, there are the best reads to dive into.

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If you liked The Flatshare (and really, who didn’t?), Beth O’Leary’s latest twisty, zesty charmer The No-Show (Quercus) will certainly be required summer reading. On a given day, Joseph Carter is due to show up on dates to three women. He is to be Jane’s fake boyfriend at an engagement party; Miranda is hoping for a nice Valentine’s Day with her boyfriend of five months, while Siobhan has a breakfast date lined up with him too. His disappearance forces each of them on a major soul-search.


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