It’s Midsummer Day and it’s cold and damp. Here are a few of my favourite titles to summon up a hot summer’s day. Do you have a favourite summer book?
Tove Jansson The Summer Book
‘The Summer Book’ is a fresh, vivid and magical novel about seemingly endless summers of discovery. An elderly artist and her six-year-old granddaughter while away the summer together, on a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland, their solitude disturbed only by migrating birds and sudden storms
Gerald Durrell My Family and Other Animals
Amidst the olive groves and mountains of Corfu, the Durrell family live in chaotic harmony, welcoming a constant stream of eccentric visitors to their villa.
Rumer Godden The Greenage Summer
Originally published in 1958, Rumer Godden’s novel is a tense and evocative novel about growing up one gold-green summer, against a backdrop of secrets, jealousy and romance.
L.P Hartley The Go-between
An invitation to a friend’s house changes an adolescent boy’s life. Discovering an old diary, Leo, now in his sixties, is drawn back to the hot summer of 1900 and his visit to Brandham Hall. The past comes to life as Leo recalls the events
Margery Allingham The Beckoning Lady
Campion’s glorious summer in Pontisbright is blighted by death. Amidst the preparations for Minnie and Tonker Cassand’s fabulous summer party a murder is discovered and it falls for Campion to unravel the intricate web of motive, suspicion and deduction with all his imagination and skill
William Trevor Love and Summer
It is summer and a stranger has come to quiet Rathmoye. He is noticed by Ellie, the young convent girl, who is married to Dillahan, a farmer still mourning his first wife. Over the long and warm days, Ellie and the stranger form an illicit attachment. Those in the town can only watch as passion, love and fate take their course