Send in your beach book suggestions!

Published: 20th Jul, 2009

Feed your mind, and your TAN!


Ahhh, the blazing sun, soft sand sticking to your post-swim shorts/knickers, a bottle of cola that started cold but is now bubbling and hot – these, friends, are perfect reading conditions. In fact, we’ve probably read more books on holiday than anywhere else, but there is an enormous difference between a holiday book and any other kind of book. It needs to have just the right bounce, pace and vibe to get you through a decent sunbathe without upsetting you too much or forcing you to consider the deep moralities of life. Hence, you won’t see many topless sunbathers dipping into Last Exit to Brooklyn, or attempting to decipher James Ellroy. As youngsters we enjoyed the wonderful Sweet Valley High books on summer camping holidays, but what should we be taking with us as grown ups?

Leave your suggestions below, or email [email protected]

Josh Burt
About the author:
Josh has been a writer and journalist for the best part of twenty years and has written for modern staples like FHM and Cosmopolitan and The Daily Telegraph and The Sun. He has also written a small handful of so-so books that you can still buy.

6 Responses to Send in your beach book suggestions!

  1. Avatar mustard says:

    The holy bible, stig of the dump, post office by charles bukowski and the sun newspaper (spanish edition)

  2. josh josh says:

    Thanks for the suggestions Mustard, all interesting choices. Isn’t Post Office a little grim for beaches? I actually read The Beach on a beach once, although not in Thailand with a bunch of trustas….

  3. Avatar mustard says:

    Thanks Josh. It’s always to get positive feedback on a comment. Although on this occasion you’re WRONG.

  4. Avatar Salman Rushdie says:

    I believe the Satanic Verses is a great holiday read.

  5. Avatar Leo Beo says:

    The Book Thief – Zusack – wicked. You’ll laugh, cry, weep and then spunk.
    The History of Love – Krauss – laugh, a little tear, no shpunken.
    The Four Letters of Love – Williams – pure tears of spunken

  6. Avatar Dave says:

    ‘Dr Demarr’ by Paul Theroux is short enough to read before burning.

    You burning – as opposed to the book or the Coen Brothers film.

    Along the same vibe I’d also recommend ‘We can remember it for you Wholesale’ by Philip K Dick.

    Hehe. Dick.

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