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!

The Bookends Beach Party is back! Three of our favourite authors share their summer must-reads…

The Bookends Beach Party is back! Three of our favourite authors share their summer must-reads…

The sun has finally come out, and that can mean only one thing… the Bookends Beach Party is back!

Summer flatlay image showing The Flat Share by Beth O'Leary, The Lemon Tree Hotel by Rosanna Ley, Her Husband's Mistake by Sheila O'Flanagan, The Carer by Deborah Moggach, Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls and Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan

Each week we’ll be asking some of our favourite authors to share their summer essentials – from holiday routines to travel bucket lists. First up, we have Sheila O’Flanagan, Ruth Hogan and Rosanna Ley sharing their must-reads for summer 2019…

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

  1. Rules of the Road by Ciara Geraghty
  2. The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney
  3. The Birthday Party by Roisin Meaney

Rosanna Ley, author of The Lemon Tree Hotel

I am most looking forward to reading The Salt Path by Raynor Winn which fortunately has also been nominated by my Book Group for July. It is autobiographical and about two people who have not only been made homeless but also received some other devastating news. They decide to walk the South West Coast Path (630 miles) while they decide what to do. I am fortunate enough to live beside this coastal path in West Dorset and I walk part of it most days (a very small part usually). The story sounds emotional and fascinating and I can’t wait to get started…

Ruth Hogan, author of Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel

  1. The Garden of Lost and Found by Harriet Evans
  2. Thursday Nights at the Bluebell Inn by Kit Fielding
  3. 59 Memory Lane by Celia Anderson

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!

Image showing authors attending the Bookends Rooftop Book Club, including Sheila O'Flanagan, Chrissie Manby and Beth O'Leary