Summer holidays are a time for serious indulgence: cocktails, lounging in the sun, and a limitless supply of ice creams!
This year, we’ll be embracing our guilty pleasures – along with some of our lovely authors, who are here to share all the ways they’ll be treating themselves this summer…
I like a drink as much as the next person, but there’s something about being on holiday that makes me think it’s okay to order pints! It’s the same with cocktails. I wouldn’t touch them at home, yet on holiday I can go through the entire cocktail menu in one evening. Also, it’s been a long tradition since my kids were small, to have a packet of Percy Pigs in our flight bags. At no other time did I buy them sweets, so it was a huge treat for them. They were supposed to keep them quiet during the flight but in reality they’d eaten them all before we left the departure lounge.
I give up feeling guilty on holiday – I spend far too much of the rest of the year doing that – but in terms of holiday indulgences, I have the odd glass of wine with lunch on holiday, I read for at least an hour a day (I have two young kids, so this feels like the ultimate treat), and occasionally I even aim really high and actually have a long conversation with my husband about something that isn’t child-related, like who our favourite character on ‘The Wire’ is (yes, we’re that behind on box sets…).
This year’s guilty holiday pleasure was floating around a swimming pool, in an inflatable swan, drinking prosecco. It felt ridiculously indulgent, and also highly silly – always a good mix. I also tend to listen to Club Tropicana by Wham! On a loop, and ignore the worthy books I’ve bought for something glossy and fun – anything by Penny Vincenzi is ideal.
Oh it’s definitely books and a lunch time glass of rose wine and if I’m really lucky, a rom com film in the evening. I love catching up on books I’ve been meaning to read and losing myself in a film where a happy ending is guaranteed. I remember being away with Katie Fforde on a research trip to Andalusia where I wrote Sunset over the Cherry Orchard, and after the sun had set we introduced each other to favourite films and I watched The Devil Wears Prada for the first time.