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The best books for every kind of holiday

No matter where you’re going this summer, Vintage Books has the perfect book to accompany you, from romance to thrilling crime.

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For a family camping trip in The New Forest...

Bridget Jones’ Baby


With its acres of beautiful forest, miles of sandy beaches, forts, estuaries, and lighthouses, The New Forest is the perfect place for kids of all ages to explore and let off some steam.

Admittedly holidays with young children are never a walk in the park but no matter how messy and chaotic things might seem, you can rest assured that it’s nothing compared to Bridget’s baby panic. There’s no better holiday companion than the world’s favourite Singleton, who’ll have you laughing in even the most excruciating of situations. 

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For a relaxing spa break in Bath...

Pride and Prejudice


It’s 200 years since the death of Bath’s most famous resident, so there’s never been a better time for Austen fans to visit the city. There’s themed Jane Austen Room at Bailbrook House, an Austen festival in September and even a ‘Jane Austen 200’ beer, available at the Bath Brew House throughout July.

Alternatively you could pay your respects to Jane by spending an afternoon in the New Royal Bath Spa’s open-air rooftop swimming poll with a copy of Pride and Prejudice.

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For a cultural exploration in Hull...

Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art


As the UK’s City of Culture 2017, Hull is hosting 365 days of world-class art, music and performance. We might be halfway through the celebrations but there’s still plenty to come, including one of the art world’s most prestigious awards, the Turner Prize, as Ferens Art Gallery will be hosting the shortlisted pieces from September.

What could be a better accompaniment to all that culture than Julian Barnes’s series of remarkable essays tracing the story of how art made its way from Romanticism to Realism and into Modernism?

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For a Cornish beach holiday...

The Lying Game


You don’t need to board a plane for sun, sea and sand, Cornwall has them by the bucketload. The hardest decision will be deciding which of its many beautiful coves to stop off at.

There’s no better sunny day read than the latest gripping mystery from Ruth Ware, the bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10. The Lying Game is the story of four friends who share a terrible secret, it’s guaranteed to have you glued to your beach towel!

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For outdoor adventures in The Lake District...

The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold


England's largest National Park is a paradise for outdoorsy types, whether you’re into hiking, cycling, climbing or watersports.

If the weather isn’t ideal you can always take inspiration from Tim Moore’s epic, over-ambitious attempt to tackle the 9,000km route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike. 

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For a romantic city break in London...

This Too Shall Pass


Explore London's hidden gems with someone special. There are endless possibilities for the perfect date in London, from West End shows, to a picnic in the park or visiting the sights along the River Thames. 

When you fancy bit of down time Milena Busquets’s summery, sexy and cool debut novel about learning to live life on your own terms is just the thing.

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For a foodie break in Berkshire...

Eating


The pretty Thameside village of Bray is home to two of the four restaurants in Britain that hold three Michelin Stars, the Roux family’s The Waterside Inn and Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck.

Can’t face the wait for a reservation or the hefty bill? Bray has some lovely historic village pubs, perfect for a long lunch with a good book. Trust us, Nigella’s foodie manifesto is not one to read on an empty stomach!

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A non-stop adventure holiday in Snowdonia

Here and Gone


The Snowdonia National Park is the perfect getaway for adrenalin junkies.  You can fly over 100mph down the fastest zip line in the world, ride thrilling white water rapids, explore the deepest underground caverns, and scale the highest mountain in Wales.

If that’s not enough excitement and trepidation for one weekend you might want to try Haylen Beck’s heart-stopping thriller about a mother who’ll stop at nothing to find her missing children.

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For boating on the Norfolk Broads...

Coot Club


There’s no more relaxing setting for a boating holiday than Norfolk’s 125 miles of beautiful lock-free waterways. You can cruise past the many windmills, meadows and woodlands at a leisurely pace with a copy of Coot Club, a classic children’s adventure set on the Broads from the beloved author of Swallows and Amazons. The Vintage Children’s Classic collection even includes some handy facts about boats, which might come in useful.

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For a historical tour of Edinburgh...

Mary Queen of Scots, And the Murder of Lord Darnley


Scotland’s capital is a dream mini-break location for any history buff. Start by following in the footsteps of Kings and Queens, robbers and rogues, with a visit to Edinburgh Castle,  taking a stroll down the Royal Mile or by joining one of the many historical guided tours of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Then spend your evening unravelling a murder mystery set against one of the most dramatic periods in British history. Alison Weir's investigation into the murder of Lord Darnley, second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, sheds a new light on the motives of the conspirators and Mary's own involvement.

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