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  • Submitted: 24th April 2020

Lookout for these reads during lockdown

There are many fine books out in April and May where authors are compelled to stay in doors and not have an official launch. They are missing their day of glory in many ways (although it’s still there, it’s harder to celebrate of course) Writers love meeting readers, having an official launch and then getting to talk about their book which have been a labour of love for so long. It’s hard to not connect books to readers face to face! Then there’s no bookshop tours, library talks etc…

So, there are a few authors whose books I want to highlight for their literary travel potential.  There are some wonderful literary holidays to take and what more could we need at this time  in particular?

So, grab your passport (ie book) and settle in for your flight to one or more of these lovely places. Don’t forget there are NO travel restrictions with these journeys! Take them all! For the price of a book:

Literary setting : Caribbean

Samantha Tonge – The Summer Island Swap

Sometimes the best holidays are the ones you least expect…

After a long and turbulent year, Sarah is dreaming of the five-star getaway her sister has booked them on. White sands, cocktails, massages, the Caribbean is calling to them.

Things don’t always turn out the way you expect them too however….

the glass hotel emily st john mandel

Literary setting : Canada – Toronto and Vancouver Island

The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel


The Glass Hotel is on Vancouver Island, only accessible by boat. On that island is a luxury 5 star hotel owned by finacier ][Jonathon Alkatis.

There’s also a container ship off the coast of Mauritius floating around

A novel of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts.

summer on a sunny island sue moorcroft

Literary setting :Malta

Summer on a Sunny Island by Sue Moorcroft

This summer, sparks are flying on the island of Malta… Ah this is just the book you need to escape when you can’t go anywhere in real life. Malta is a great place to discover as it’s an island, has plenty of history and….well anything and everything can happen here as you will discover!

Sue Moorcroft can always be depended upon to write a gripping tale and take her readers off to somewhere new and exciting.

only you kate eberlen

Literary setting: An Italian class in Rome!

Only You by Kate Eberlen

Letty and Alf are the only English speakers at an Italian class in Rome, where they discover the language that really connects them is dance. A book about expats and how destination separates and unites. You get to see plenty of Italian streets, alleyways and parks as they discover the city together and learn the language of luuurve. Perfect if you’re missing Strictly Come Dancing!

Some fine, fine reads coming your way at the end of April and the start of May!

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