Great Escapes - Books to take you away from it all

17 March 2017

Prepare to be transported to tropical seas, sun-kissed Greece and Italy's sexiest city, in books chosen by Sue Price.

A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys

Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey in this impossibly glamorous murder mystery aboard a liner bound for Australia in 1939. Lily Shepherd is running away from a murkey past. So, it seems, is everyone else and soon two people are dead. It's an open secret that Rachel Rhys is the pen name for Tammy Cohen, the author of top-notch psychological thrillers. No wonder it is so good.

Available to buy online from Amazon.


The Wild Air by Rebecca Mascull

Reading a Rebecca Mascull is like sinking into history. Quiet, timid Della Dobbs wants to fly planes. But this is England before the Great War and she must battle prejudice to realise her dream. The era is exquisitely brought to life in this fast-paced adventure with warmth at its heart.

Available to buy online from Amazon.


Silver and Salt by Elanor Dymott

The author's debut novel, Every Contact Leaves a Trace, received outstanding reviews in 2012. This is just as haunting. Sisters Ruthie and Vinny live a quiet life in their lat father's Greek villa high above the sea, until an English family arrives next door and triggers deeply buried memories with some devastating results. Fans of subtle psychological suspense are sure to be hooked.

Available to buy online from Amazon.


Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Yejide longs for a baby. She's an educated woman with her own hairdressing salon, but pressure from her in-laws and husband Akin means she tries all sorts of things to get pregnant. Nothing works, Akin's family insists he takes a second wife and life starts to fall apart. A sublime read about marriage and secrets set in 1980s Nigeria.

Available to buy online from Amazon.


The Venetian Game by Philip Gwynne Jones

A crime story that positively thrives among the shadowy streets and canals of Venice. Nathan Sutherland is catapulted out of his sleepy existence as honorary consul into the deadly world of art theft, when asked to look after a small devotional book illustrated by the Venetian master Giovanni Bellini. Gorgeous escapism with stacks of atmosphere and double-cross.

Available to buy online from Amazon.


A Not Quite Perfect Family by Claire Sandy

Fern loves nurturing her family with fabulous meals. It's the only time they unite. But they're a tricky lot and after a year of cooking masterpieces for her lovelorn teenager, ultra-feminist eight-year-old, crotchety Aunt Nora and a husband with a monumental mid-life crisis, she's ready to throw in the tea towel. A fun, insightful read that skewers modern family life with unerring accuracy.

Available to buy online from Amazon.


Non Fiction Book of the Month

Wonderland: A Year of Britain's Wildlife by Brett Westwood, Stephen Moss

From glow-worms to ghost moths and beetles to lemon slugs, this uplifting nature diary highlights natural wonders to experience every day of the year. The expert naturalists behind it are passionate about re-engaging with our wildlife. And, encouragingly, many of the adventures detailed start in our own back gardens.

Available to buy online from Amazon.


Animal Magic

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Unforgettable Behaviour Rosamund Kidman Cox

The aww-factor goes off the scale in this astonishing book. Few are lucky shots. The stories behind each photograph are as mind-boggling as the images themselves. Most involve years of patience, many attempts and considerable endurance in hostile conditions. Look, read and be amazed.

Available to buy online from Amazon.


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