Sunday 17 December 2017

Worthy books are fine, but you can't beat a bit of Summer sizzle

Mantel piece: Hilary Mantel chose 'Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life. Photo: AP
Mantel piece: Hilary Mantel chose 'Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life. Photo: AP
Deirdre Conroy

Deirdre Conroy

DECIDING what to read on holiday is more fraught than what to wear. Books weigh a lot and not everybody has an eReader. Travellers have been forced to bin their books before boarding if they don't fit into their hand luggage. New frills Ryanair has at least relented on that practice.

It can be an unmitigated disaster if you find yourself reading that worthy prize-winner beneath a parasol only to discover that it is bleak and impenetrable.

It is 700 pages long and it was highly recommended and you have nothing else. Worse still if you discover your light 'holiday' reads could have been written by your child.

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