Some ideas for holiday reads by our feature editor Jo Simms.
One of the biggest luxuries we treat ourselves to during the summer holidays is time. Time to ourselves; the kind of time when you don’t have to keep an anxious eye on the clock.
And if you enjoy filling some of that time with the time to enjoy a good book, here are some ideas to load up your kindle, iPad or even walk into a bookshop and buy.
And remember there can never be enough time spent reading to your kids.
The sixth in the incredible PC Peter Grant series. Been out for a while but arrives in paperback this summer. Magic is real, so of course the Met has a division to police magical crimes, in these gritty tales set in modern London. This compelling series begins with Rivers of London. Start at the beginning and be spellbound.
Blue: A Memoir, John Sutherland
More police drama but of the real kind: John Sutherland joined the Met in 1992 and fulfilled his teenage ambition, won awards and rose to become a highly respected senior officer.
But he suffered a major breakdown and battled with crippling depression. This book shows the best and worst of humanity; with searing honesty and humour it is a personal insight into what it is to be a police officer today.
How Not to Disappear, Clare Furniss
Anyone who wrote press releases for Mayor of London Ken Livingstone is going to write one hell of a book. Fear not it isn’t a name-dropping political memoir but young adult fiction and already on short and along lists for prizes. A pregnant teen and her gin-swilling great aunt in early stages of dementia go on a journey. Very funny, very sad, very readable.
Jane Austen at Home, Lucy Worsley
One of the nation’s best-loved authors in the hands of one of our favourite historians, so what’s not to like?
Lucy Worsley shows us a ‘behind the scenes’ in Austen’s home and life, examining the rooms and her possessions and the way home is used in her novels as a place of both pleasure and prison, revealing that Jane Austen was a passionate woman who fought for her freedom.
Peter’s Railway, Chris Vine
And finally for big kids of all ages with a special shout out to all the little girls who have never thought that they might like to grow up and be engineers. . . . .
We have featured before The Peter’s Railway series of books by local author Chris Vine, lovingly illustrated by John Wardle. These thrilling railway tales also have how-it-works sections woven into them.
There are five hardbacks, 12 paperbacks and an activity book to choose from, some of them especially written for the younger children. Visit www.petersrailway.com