Even if you aren’t going abroad this year, there are some books that always evoke summer to us. Here are our favourites, all paperbacks under £10.
A blistering thriller set on the Amalfi coast in the 1950’s. The Talented Mr Ripley
The finale to Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet. Summer by Ali Smith
A six year old and her grandmother spend the summer together in the Gulf of Finland. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
From bucolic Edwardian England, young Lucy Honeychurch visits Italy with her prim cousin as chaperone. A Room with a View by E.M Forster
August 1939 and five cousins gather for their annual summer holiday at their aunt’s house where the camomile lawn stretches down to the Cornish cliffs. Also a wonderful TV series.
Liguria provides the perfect backdrop for this love story between 17-year-old Elio and the summer guest at his family villa, Oliver. Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
17-year-old Cécile spends the summer in a villa on the French Riviera with her father and his new mistress. Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
A coming-of-age story set just outside Siena with a wonderful scene at the Palio. Love Falls by Esther Freud
A picture of Cotswolds life before the war. Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
A schoolboy spends the summer holidays with a friend’s well to do family and unwittingly becomes a part of a clandestine affair by delivering their love letters. The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley
A story of first love as Charlie Lewis finds himself spending his summer as part of a am-dram Shakespeare company. Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls
The peace and beauty of the countryside provide refuge and renewal after the First World War. A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr
And for the perfect evocation of a summer’s day, Edward Thomas’s poem, Adlestrop