Books to Dive Into - A List of Perfect Poolside Reads

By Simply Books

By Simply Books

Heading to the beach or beside a pool this summer? We have created the perfect reading list to enjoy from a sun lounger with a cool drink! 

Ghosts: The Top 10 Sunday Times Bestseller 2020

Dolly Alderton

£9.99 £9.49

Ghosts is a hilarious read and a perceptive take on life as a thirty-something woman from the bestselling author of Everything I Know About Love.

One August Night: Sequel to much-loved classic, The Island

Victoria Hislop

£8.99 £8.54

A sequel to the much-loved classic The Island, One August Night is a dramatic and absorbing novel set in Greece.

Mr Wilder and Me: 'A love letter to the spirit of cinema' Guardian

Jonathan Coe

£8.99 £8.54

In the heady of summer of 1977, twenty-one-year-old Calista takes a job on a Greek island with Billy Wilder - both a tender coming-of-age story and a portrait of one of cinema's most intriguing figures!


Elena Ferrante

£8.99 £8.54

From the bestselling author of the Neapolitan Novels, The Lying Life of Adults is another phenomenal coming-of-age story set in Naples.

Islands of Mercy

Rose Tremain

£8.99 £8.54

It is 1865 and Jane Adeane finds herself torn between a dangerous affair with a female lover and the promise of a conventional marriage to an apparently respectable doctor. The perfect historical summer read.

The Feast: The classic summer holiday mystery

Margaret Kennedy and Cathy Rentzenbrink

£9.99 £9.49

The Feast is a hugely enjoyable read set on the Cornish coast in 1947 with a brilliant cast of eccentric and richly painted characters.


Sophie Mackintosh

£8.99 £8.54

Grace, Lia and Sky live in an abandoned hotel, on a sun-bleached island. Their parents tell them that the world beyond the water is contaminated and men are the contamination, until one day three of them wash ashore...A hypnotic and gripping read.

The Offing: A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick

Benjamin Myers

£8.99 £8.54

One summer following the Second World War, Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham village to make his way across the northern countryside until he meets Dulcie, an eccentric older woman with whom he forms an unlikely friendship.

The Sea, The Sea (Vintage Classics Murdoch Series): A BBC Between the Covers Big Jubilee Read Pick

Iris Murdoch

£10.99 £10.44

This 1978 Booker Prize winner is a curious and funny novel about a retired playwright and director whose hermit-like retirement by the sea is scuppered by an unexpected encounter with his childhood sweetheart. Totally captivating!

Love and Other Thought Experiments: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

Sophie Ward

£8.99 £8.54

Love and Other Thought Experiments is a a sparkling philosophical tale of love, lost and found across the universe.

A Theatre for Dreamers: The Sunday Times bestseller

Polly Samson

£8.99 £8.54

A brilliantly evocative and beautifully written coming-of-age novel with cameos from Leonard Cohen, his muse Marianne, and Marianne's writer husband Axel.


Sarah Moss

£8.99 £8.54

Sue absolutely loves Sarah Moss's writing and Summerwater is no exception! It is a tension-building tale told over twenty-four hours about twelve people cooped up with their families in a drab Scottish cabin park. A wonderfully dark holiday read.

Murder On Mustique: from the author of the bestselling memoir Lady in Waiting

Anne Glenconner

£8.99 £8.54

From the author of the bestselling memoir Lady in Waiting, Murder in Mustique is a brilliantly entertaining mystery novel.

The Summer Book

Tove Jansson

£9.99 £9.49

Set upon a tiny island on the Gulf of Finland, Tove Jansson's 1972 novel is about the relationship between an elderly artist and her six year old granddaughter and the beauty of the island itself - a perfect book for summer.

The Disaster Tourist: Winner of the CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger 2021

Yun Ko-Eun

£8.99 £8.54

The Disaster Tourist is a quirky, gripping literary thriller set on the desert island of Mui. A brilliant novel to fly through over a lazy weekend!

The House on Fripp Island

Rebecca Kauffman


When two wealthy families vacation together off the coast of South Carolina, little do they know that someone won't be returning home...A thrilling whodunnit!

Beach Read: Tiktok made me buy it! The laugh-out-loud love story and New York Times 2020 bestseller

Emily Henry

£8.99 £8.54

Beach Read is a fun and steamy romcom based around the lives of two writers - perfect for summer!

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