Books of Summer

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, £4.16 from Amazon

The finale to Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet. Summer by Ali Smith, £6.21 from Amazon

A six year old and her grandmother spend the summer together in the Gulf of Finland. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, £7.43 from Amazon

From bucolic Edwardian England, young Lucy Honeychurch visits Italy with her prim cousin as chaperone. A Room with a View by E.M Forster, £6.99 from Amazon

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. £8.95 from Amazon

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, £4.99 from Amazon

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, £6.45 from Amazon

A coming-of-age story set just outside Siena with a wonderful scene at the Palio. Love Falls by Esther Freud, £7.06 from Amazon

A picture of Cotswolds life before the war. Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee, £6.26 from Amazon

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, £6.68 from Amazon

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, £6.29 from Amazon

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, £6.45 from Amazon

And for the perfect evocation of a summer’s day, Edward Thomas’s poem, Adlestrop

Books of Summer
— Francesca
14th July 2021

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