2016's Best
Beach Reads

The beach is calling, but forget about which bikini you're going to pack, it's time to think about what you're going to read. Lucky for us, our friends at Penguin are here to help.

Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe

Nina Stibbe's
Man at the Helm

Meet Lizzie Vogel, 9. Lizzie is concerned about her newly divorcée mother - 31 years old, with three young children and a Labrador. It isn't that having a husband is good, but in 1970s rural Leicestershire, not having one is bad. And so Lizzie and her sister embark to find a new Man at the Helm.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Jess Walter's
Beautiful Ruins

A gorgeous, glamorous novel set in 1960s Italy and a modern Hollywood studio. The story begins on the Italian coast in 1962 with a beautiful American girl and Richard Burton. What unfolds is a dazzling novel teeming with unforgettable characters and the perfect beach read.

The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank

Melissa Bank's
The Girl's Guide to
Huting and Fishing

After following the advice from a manual called "How to Meet and Marry Mr Right", Jane learns that in love there is neither pattern nor promise. This is a funny collection of connected stories and a portrait of Jane, a woman manoeuvring her way through love, sex and relationships.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt's
The Secret History

The cult bestseller and consummate page turner - and the smartest murder-mystery you'll ever read. Under the influence of their charismatic Classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries.

The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford

Nancy Mitford's
The Pursuit of Love

Oh the tedium of waiting to grow up! Longing for love, obsessed with weddings and sex, Linda and her sisters and cousin Fanny are on the look-out for the perfect lover. But finding Mr Right is much harder than any of the sisters thought.

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Emma Healey's
Elizabeth is Missing

A mystery, an unsolved crime and one of the most unforgettable characters since Mark Haddon's Christopher. A fast-paced mystery with a wonderful leading character: Maud will make you laugh and cry, but she certainly won't be forgotten.