3 books to read in france, italy and greece

Ali read Bonjour Tristesse at the beach on the Ile de Ré

Summer is practically over, the kids are back at school this week and we’re waving goodbye to lazy days reading on the beach. I spent my holiday in France, Robyn went to Tuscany and Ashling visited Puglia and island hopped around Greece – we all took a mixture of classics, historical and fiction releases set in those respective countries. So if you’ve still got holidays to look forward to and are planning on visiting these beautiful places, here’s 3 perfect beach reads for you…

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The Riviera Set by Mary S. Lovell, £8.99 – BUY!

The lives and loves of Maxine Elliott’s famous guests at her self-built Chateau d’Horizon on the French Riviera are examined with this real-life peek into the decadent lives of the post-Deco period party crowd.

The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George, £12.99 – BUY!

From the author of NYT bestseller The Little Paris Bookshop, this enjoyable fictional French fancy is set on the coast of Brittany.

Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan, £6.49 – BUY!

This slender, sexy novella about 17 year old Cecile’s holiday on the Cote d’Azur was seeped in scandal and outrage upon it’s release and remains a must-read classic.

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The Invitation by Lucy Foley, £7.99 – BUY!

This intricately woven tale of love and the healing wounds of War takes us from Rome to the Italian Riviera and Spain. Abundant glamour and decadence is matched with the humbling and heartbreaking backgrounds of the characters.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, £8.99 – BUY!

Set against the backdrop of the filming of Taylor and Burton’s Cleopatra, this fictional tale of an enduring love that spans decades between a poor hotelier and glamorous bit-part actress was a rightful, recent bestseller.

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim

A charming sun-washed novel about four very different English women who escape London after responding to a classified ad to holiday in an Italian Castle in Portofino.

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The Durrells of Corfu by Michael Haag, £6.49 – BUY!

You’ve spent Sunday nights watching it on TV, now go and read the novel on the island it was set…

Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop, £5.99 – BUY!

If you’ve exhausted The Island on past holidays to Greece, prepare yourself for Hislop’s latest release about sisters, family sagas and secrets.

My Map of You by Isabelle Broom, £7.99 – BUY!

When a young woman is bequeathed her family Greek villa she sets about trying to discover her place in the world. Zakynthos is brought to life with vivid descriptions you’ll love.

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