For many the appeal of a caravan holiday is the lure of getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, visiting far off places and meeting new people. But for others it’s the time to curl up in the sun with a good book. And if it rains no-one wants to be without something to read.
Adrian Flux has put together some holiday reading recommendations for the whole family that should fill those long, lazy sunny days or those rain-soaked, ‘what shall we do’ hours. Not all the titles are new but they are all different and absorbing in their own way.
Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first book in a trilogy, is very popular at the moment especially with the release of a feature length film. It’s not for everyone though, the sex is somewhat weird and it is very violent, but with that proviso it’s a compulsive read. Larsson dropped off the manuscripts with his publisher shortly before dropping dead, adding a further twist of intrigue to the tale. All three books in the trilogy are now available in paperback if you get hooked.
And of course no caravan holiday should be complete without reading Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka, the author of the highly acclaimed A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian. If you like this type of book then try Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday for genuine laugh out loud moments and perfect plotting.
Teenagers, both boys and girls, are sure to be drawn into Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking Triology. Start with The Knife of Never Letting Go. Set in a world where things are certainly not as they seem, and, due to a virus, men’s thoughts can be heard by everyone. It is a story of man’s inhumanity to man and other species, downright cruelty, madness, deep sadness and a boy and a girls sheer determination to try and do what is right. Put aside some time for this one as you won’t be able to stop, so get all three books in the trilogy lined up before you start.
For younger children Andy Stanton’s Mr Gum books are a laugh a minute. They start with You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum, and there are now seven books in the series. Mr Gum is a truly nasty old man. He’s absolutely grimsters according to the author Andy Stanton, himself a comedian. But this book is not just about Mr Gum. There is also a little girl called Polly, an evil butcher, heroes and sweets and stuff, and Jake the dog, who must be saved from terrible, terrible evil.
But let’s not forget about the little ones in the family. James Mayhew’s charming Can You See a Little Bear illustrated by Jackie Morris is excellent for reading aloud and the pictures are exquisite. And John Burningham’s John Patrick Norman McHennesy – the boy who was always late – is a witty tale and sure to be a hit all round.
All books are in print and available from high street booksellers as well as online bookstores such as Amazon.