AROUND THE WORLD IN 5 BOOKS (& OUTFITS)

Staycations are the new getaways… but we’ve still got the travel bug. Our latest book round-up features some of the most idyllic locations in the UK and beyond, from Singapore to the Isle of Wight, and imagines what we’d wear for each destination.

Hydra, Greece

A Theatre for Dreamers
by Polly Samson

Hydra, the Greek island our holiday dreams are made of, was a bohemian artistic hub in the 60s, frequented by the likes of Leonard Cohen… In this imaginative novel, author Polly Samson depicts the tangled lives of a circle of poets, painters and musicians, filled with competitive intrigues, turbulent jealousy and creative genius.

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Isle of Wight, UK

Sunny Days & Sea Breezes
by Carole Matthews

Sometimes, only a rom com will do. In warm and fuzzy Sunny Days & Sea Breezes, Jodie leaves her husband and career behind in London for a time out on her brother’s beautifully renovated houseboat in the Isle of Wight. As she meets new people (from bustly cleaners to attractive neighbours), her old city life will start feeling more and more distant…

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Singapore

Last Tang Standing
by Lauren Ho

Love Crazy Rich Asians? Then this one’s for you. Like all good Chinese children, Andrea Tang is doing her best to fulfil her mother’s plans: she’s on track to become a partner at a top law firm in Singapore, she has a beautiful apartment in the right postcode and a perfect boyfriend who could very well be made of husband material. But as her picture-perfect life starts to unravel, so do her chances of avoiding her family’s meddling powers, especially when it comes to her romantic life.

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Scottish Highlands, UK

The Bookshop on the Shore
by Jenny Colgan

In The Bookshop on the Shore, single-mum Zoe escapes the financial struggles of life in London by agreeing to help run a bookshop in a small village in the Scottish Highlands. She’s faced with unwelcoming co-workers and a band of unruly children, but as her quiet son begins to adapt to the new surroundings, so must she… It’s the sort of uplifting read you’ll devour in one sitting.

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Trinidad

One Year of Ugly
by Caroline Mackenzie

Set in the beautiful Caribbean island of Trinidad, One Year of Ugly follows Yola Palacios and her family as they escape crumbling, socialist Venezuela to start a new life. But as they find themselves indebted to a local criminal, Yola can’t help but notice his distractingly-attractive right-hand man, Roman. Wry and full of wit, this laugh-out-loud love story will transport you to warmer shores.

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