There’s nothing quite like going on a peaceful cruise trip onboard Legenda Yacht to really get away from it all - and a luxury yacht really is the perfect place to hide yourself away with all your favourite books.
Head out onto the deck to get some well-earned sunshine as you turn the pages or squirrel yourself away in one of Legenda’s beautifully designed cabins - or make your way to the cinema room to really relax in style with one of your holiday books.
But which books to take? Whether you prefer to take a big pile of books with you on your travels or if you’d rather simply pack your ereader, there are some really good books to be enjoyed out there at the moment… so here are just a couple of our favourites that you might like to add to your reading list.
This latest offering from acclaimed author Marian Keyes tells the story of the Casey family, whose secrets find themselves being thoroughly spilled after one of them suffers a concussion. The book has been described as charming, poignant, funny, tender and completely absorbing - so it sounds like a fantastic holiday read to us.
Graham Swift is a Booker Prize winner, so you know you’re in for a treat if you choose this as a holiday book!
The scene: It’s 1959 Brighton and a young magician and his assistant find themselves at the top of their game, taking to the stage every night - with compere Jack making sure the show goes on. But there’s as much drama off stage as there is on - and what happens over the course of the summer will have significant consequences for all three.
You might well recognise the name Mark Haddon - he’s the author behind The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, a hugely popular book that was also recently turned into a stage play.
If you’re familiar with that work (and even if you’re not), you’re sure to enjoy The Porpoise, the tale of a newborn baby who is the only survivor of a horrific plane crash. She is then brought up by an overprotective father in wealthy isolation, before a suitor comes to visit… the beginnings of a wild adventure that will have you gripped from start to finish.
The Guardian described it as a “breathless, delightful, utterly absorbing read” and it was also the Metro and Daily Telegraph Book of the Year.
Since you’re going to be cruising around the Mediterranean, it might be nice to take a slightly topical book away with you to really get you in the holiday mood.
Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals is a trilogy of books that tells the tale of the rather unconventional Durrell family who move from the UK to Corfu to escape the terrible British weather and find some sunshine… much like you’re doing on your cruise! It’s a very entertaining read and will have you laughing at the exploits of the Durrells for your entire trip.
For a slightly more serious look at the Med, take David Abulafia’s The Great Sea away with you, so you can find out all about how the Mediterranean Sea served as one of the world’s great centres of civilisation for more than 3,000 years.
It covers everything from the building of temples on Malta in around 3,500 BC to the tourism industry today… sure to be a very interesting and illuminating read indeed.
This is something of a reworking of Mary Shelley’s gothic classic Frankenstein, a novel about the bodies we inhabit and those we desire.
It bounces about from time period to time period, exploring this theme, whether it’s set in Brexit Britain or 1816 when Shelley wrote her first novel, covering everything from gender and language to sexuality, science and artificial intelligence.
You’re sure to have a great time reading some, if not all, these books. We’d love to hear what’s on your reading list, so get in touch to let us know what you’ll be packing in your luggage for your next big cruise holiday.