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9 books you should most definitely bring on your summer holidays

Pack these in your beach bag.

HOLIDAY SEASON IS fast approaching and you know what that means – you’re going to need some books to read on your holliers.

Here are some to pack in your beach bag.

1. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Set in Dublin, Conversations with Friends follows Frances and Bobby, two pals who befriend an older couple named Melissa and Nick. France soon strikes up a love affair with Nick and, well, you’re just going to have to read it to find out what happens. Told through texts, e-mails, instant messenger and face-to-face exchanges, Sally Rooney’s novel is one of the most highly anticipated literary debuts of the year.

2. Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Patricia Lockwood is a poet renowned for her ‘weird Twitter’ persona and searing poetry. (If you haven’t already, read her poem Rape Joke.) Priestdaddy is a comic memoir about her staunchly Catholic upbringing and her father, Father Greg Lockwood, the eponymous priestdaddy.

3. Love in Row 27 by Eithne Shortall


Love in Row 27 is the debut novel by Sunday Times journalist Eithne Shortall. This warm novel follows an Aer Lingus check-in attendant who takes it upon herself to play matchmaker and seat passengers next to each other in the hopes that they’ll find love.

Sounds like the romantic comedy of our dreams.

4. This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare by Gabourey Sidibe

"I just assumed that at the time if I could display a talent worthy of praise. . . that I wasn't just who you thought I was, I thought I wouldn't be fat anymore. That may seem silly, I know that now. But at the time, I thought that if I could just get the world to see me the way I saw myself, that my body wouldn't be the thing you walked away thinking about. I wouldn't be that fat girl, I wouldn't be that dark skinned girl. I'd be Gabby I'd be human." - @gabby3shabby, #thisisjustmyface: #trynottostare 🚫 👀 👩🏿 . . . #book #bookph #bookish #bookporn #bookworm #bookswoon #bookshimmy #bibliophile #bookstagram #booknerdigans #instabooks #epicreads #goodreads #books #📖 #📚 #booklion #booksofinstagram #bookdragon #bookstagrammer #nonfiction #memoir #pins #pinstagram #buttons #empire #gaboureysidibe #gabbysidibe

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The Oscar-nominated actress writes frankly about her career, family, body image and more in this funny, wise and juicy memoir. You’ll want to be her best friend after reading it.

5. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

You’ve binged the series. Now it’s time to catch up with the novel that inspired it.

6. All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg’s latest is an episodic novel following a 39-year-old single woman named Andrea as she lives life on her own terms in New York City. The Guardian called it “super-smart, often extremely funny, sometimes heartbreaking”. We’ll take that.

7. Startup by Doree Shafrir

Doree Shafrir’s debut is a satirical, incisive look into internet startup culture that follows a young, up-and-coming tech reporter as she investigates the CEO of a mindfulness app. For anyone who bristles at the word “disruptive”.

8. How To Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell

Beauty columnist Cat Marnell’s memoir How To Murder Your Life follows her descent into drug addiction during the 2000s as she worked for some of the most prestigious publications in America. A juicy, eye-opening and often stark look at addiction.

9. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Poised to be one of the breakout hits of the year, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the warm, joyful story of a socially awkward woman named Eleanor Oliphant who gradually begins to form meaningful relationships with others, including an elderly man she helps rescue from a fall and an office colleague.

It’s been described as a “part comic novel, part emotional thriller and part love story”. Perfect beach fare, so.

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