Virgin Atlantic’s Favourite Summer Holiday Reads

By: andrewbowman

July 21, 2011

Whether it’s on a Kindle, iPad or a good old-fashioned paperback, we never set off without something to read”¦


Classic or contemporary? Thriller or biography?

Yesterday we asked our Virgin Atlantic Facebook fans to nominate their favourite summer holiday books. The suggestions so far have been pretty wide-ranging, from Golding and Hemingway classics to guide books, travel tales and even Sharon Osbourne. James Patterson’s thrillers have proved the most popular though while Suzette, Dawn and Mark have all recommended the biographies of a certain Sir Richard.


Historical fiction

This seems to be another favourite genre with Tracey and Laura mentioning Philippa Gregory’s Tudor series. Virgin Atlantic Sales & Marketing Director, Paul Dickinson concurs with in his own personal recommendation:


Martyr by Rory Clements

“For anyone with C J Sansom withdrawal symptoms or anyone else who likes the idea of being transported from the beach to Queen Elizabeth’s court then this is the book for you. The plot revolves around the investigations of John Shakespeare (brother of William) as he tries to hunt down and then eliminate an assassin sent by the King of Spain. Instantly gripping and totally immersive, the plot is rich in characterisation and whisks us through religious turmoil, wretched torture and political intrigue. Once you’ve read that you’ll want to get the next one in the series: Revenger. Happy reading”¦”



Non-fiction is another common choice and one favoured by our own Social Relations Manager, Kyle Thorne who offers this intriguing read:


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

“For those who enjoy compelling nonfiction I’d recommend this amazing story of a young woman, a poor Southern tobacco farmer. Henrietta Lacks died of cancer in 1951, yet her cells, taken from her on her deathbed remain alive today in laboratories all over the world, becoming the first ‘immortal’ human tissue culture. The book is both a fascinating story of amazing medical advances that came as a direct result of one woman’s cells and a very human tale of Henrietta and her family.”


Where are you going?

Elsewhere, some have expressed a preference for books related to their destinations, a choice that matches my own. For anyone visiting Japan I would recommend Haruki Murakami, particularly his short story collections like Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman which give you just enough connection to the country’s culture while transporting you to various other locations, some of them a little fantastical.


What are your recommendations? Is there a particular genre or author you find especially suited to travel? Let us know in the comments below, or join in on Facebook.

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