Bookends Beach Party | David Nicholls, Sheila O’Flanagan and Beth O’Leary share which of their characters they would take on holiday!

Bookends Beach Party | David Nicholls, Sheila O’Flanagan and Beth O’Leary share which of their characters they would take on holiday!

Each week this summer, we’re asking some of our favourite authors to share their summer essentials. This week, David NichollsSheila O’Flanagan and Beth O’Leary tell us which characters from their books they would whisk away for a summer trip…

Beth O’Leary, author of The Flatshare

Ooh, interesting question! I think I’d like Leon to take me to Ireland. We both have Irish roots (though mine are more distant than Leon’s!) and I would love to explore that side of my family with someone who knows Ireland well. Plus I think Leon would be great to travel with: he’d want his own space, he’d be nice and quiet on the plane so you could read your book, and if you, say, sprained your ankle while swimming in the sea, well, he’d be able to carry you to shore…

Sheila O’Flanagan, author of Her Husband’s Mistake

Interesting question! I think Juno, from The Hideaway, is more like me than some of my other characters so we might have fun together. I know she’s a big fan of Spain since she found her summer hideaway in the orange groves of Valencia, so I’d bring her to the beautiful Basque country and the town of San Sebastián which is one of the loveliest places in the world.

David Nicholls, author of Sweet Sorrow

Well, not Douglas from Us – we’re too alike. Probably Emma in One Day. She wouldn’t insist on laying in the midday sun.

Bookends Beach Party | We ask three of our authors what they get up to on their holidays!

Bookends Beach Party | We ask three of our authors what they get up to on their holidays!

Each week we’ll be asking some of our favourite authors to share their summer essentials – from holiday routines to travel bucket lists. Next up, we have Sheila O’FlanaganDavid Nicholls and Beth O’Leary revealing what they normally get up to on their summer holidays…

Sheila O’Flanagan, author of Her Husband’s Mistake

I do a lounging beach holiday every two years and the rest of the time I prefer city breaks. My favourite beach is in Antigua, in the Carribbean and my favourite city (after Dublin of course) is Madrid.

David Nicholls, author of Sweet Sorrow

I’m usually on the beach, furiously wishing I was in a city. It’s really not the best environment for me – after you’re tired of swimming, what are you meant to DO? It’s too bright to read, too hot to sleep. I’d much rather be dodging traffic and peering at a map.

Beth O’Leary, author of The Flatshare

I’m much more of a lounger, myself. Every summer, my family go to stay in the same house in France for a week, and we pretty much do nothing but catch up, read and eat (a LOT). It’s a chance to reboot and reconnect with my siblings, who I love to pieces but don’t get to see as often as I’d like. I can’t wait.

And don’t forget your tickets for our Bookends Girls’ Night In, a summery evening of great books and goodies, in partnership with Prima and Sanctuary Spa!