Bookends Beach Party 2019 | Where in the world is top of your bucket list to visit?

Bookends Beach Party 2019 | Where in the world is top of your bucket list to visit?

As our Bookends Beach Party series draws to a close for another year, we ask our authors one final question: Where in the world is top of your bucket list to visit?

Beth O’Leary, author of The Flatshare

I would really love to visit the southern United States and spend a couple of months out there, exploring. I’ve never done a big travelling trip – I’m a home bird, really, and a bit scared by the idea of setting off on an adventure like that – but maybe one day I’ll muster the courage…

Ruth Hogan, author of Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel

Venice in winter, travelling on The Orient Express, dressed in full costume and pretending that I’m in an episode of Poirot or an Agatha Christie film.

Deborah Moggach, author of The Carer

Snorkelling. It’s the purest joy. I’d like to try the Great Barrier Reef or, a bit nearer, the Red Sea.

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 | What’s your usual holiday routine?

Bookends Beach Party | What’s your usual holiday routine?

Each week this summer, we’re asking some of our favourite to share their summer essentials. This week, Ruth Hogan, Rosanna Ley and Sheila O’Flanagan share their holiday routine with us and we discovered whether they are city explorers or beach loungers.

Ruth Hogan, author of Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel

I’m not very good at relaxing or sitting still so I need to be reasonably active. We have three rescue dogs we like to take with us, so it’s usually a mutt-friendly beach holiday in this country with lots of long walks, swimming or paddling in the sea (weather permitting!) and, of course, catching up on my TBR pile. I also like poking around in antique, junk and bookshops and exploring cemeteries and graveyards. I’m not particularly bothered about the time of year we go. I’m just as happy reading outside in the sunshine or snuggled up in front of a log burner. Oh – and it’s always nice if there’s a decent pub and a chip shop nearby!

Rosanna Ley, author of The Lemon Tree Hotel

I very much like to do both – but not necessarily on the same trip! I love a city break and the opportunity to soak up some culture but for real relaxation, take me to Italy and let me spend my daytime lounging by the sea with a good book and taking the odd dip in the glorious Med.

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.

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Bookends Beach Party | Top summer reads 2019

Bookends Beach Party | Top summer reads 2019

Each week we’ll be asking some of our favourite authors to share their summer essentials – from holiday routines to travel bucket lists. This week we asked David Nicholls, Deborah Moggach and Beth O’Leary, what are your summer 2019 must-reads?

David Nicholls, author of Sweet Sorrow

My two favourite books this year have been memoirs; Emilie Pine’s Notes to Self and Sinead Gleeson’s Constellations; insightful and startlingly honest and beautifully written, I tore through both of them. 

Deborah Moggach, author of The Carer

Tim Lott: “When We Were Rich”, (pub June), addictively readable novel about a group of London friends, their treacheries, adulteries, and drunken reconciliations, all set against a backdrop of property speculation and political turmoil. Huge fun.

Joseph O’Connor: “Shadowplay” (pub June) marvellously engrossing and atmospheric novel set in Victorian London’s theatreland, featuring Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and Bram Stoker. One of the best historical novels I’ve ever read.

George Eliot: “Middlemarch”. I try to read it every year. Each time it releases new secrets. A masterpiece.

Beth O’Leary, author of The Flatshare

My first is David Nicholls’ new book, Sweet Sorrow. It is a stunningly written, bittersweet story of falling in love in that endless summer after finishing school, and it’ll make you feel all sunny and nostalgic. David’s writing always gives me authorly jealous because it’s so damn beautiful.

My second is Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient, because summer is the perfect time for a romance novel, and this might just be my absolute favourite. Sweet, adorable and very, very hot – you need this in your holiday suitcase. Helen’s next book, The Bride Test, is top of my pile for the summer – I can’t wait to read it.

My third is Half a World Away by Mike Gayle. Warm, cosy and full of love, this book is perfect for summer evenings at home. Brace yourself, though – you may shed a few tears…

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Bookends Beach Party | David Nicholls, Sheila O’Flanagan and Rosanna Ley share their travel bucket lists!

Bookends Beach Party | David Nicholls, Sheila O’Flanagan and Rosanna Ley share their travel bucket lists!

Flatlay of books on summer background: 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 this summer, we’re asking some of our favourite authors to share their summer essentials. This week, David Nicholls, Sheila O’Flanagan and Rosanna Ley tell us what’s on their holiday bucket lists.

David Nicholls, author of Sweet Sorrow

Outside of Europe, I’m not that well-travelled. India feels like the most obvious omission, so perhaps there, and with lots of time to do it.

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

I’ve never been to Japan and I really want to visit there one day so it’s right at the top of my list.

Rosanna Ley, author of The Lemon Tree Hotel

Sorry, but I always want to go to Italy best of all. And the next place I want to visit is Tellaro (see above – I’m consistent!). I have been there before but not for 10 years, so that means it’s definitely time to go there again…

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