There is nothing more relaxing than curling up with a good book and what a better time to start reading than when you are on holidays! Staying at our holiday home on the Gold Coast means there are plenty of places to immerse yourself in a fictional world: the beach in summer, in front of the fire on a winter night, under a tree on a nice day. The only thing left to do is pick something good to read; here are some ideas to get you started.
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
A charming story of manners, morality and marriage set in the early 1800’s. Pride and Prejudice tells the story of the five unmarried Bennet daughters and their mother’s attempts to marry them off to their rich and eligible neighbour, Mr Bingley. Reads this under one of the big trees on our Gold Coast homestead property and you’ll be able to image the sound of carriages passing by and the laughter of the Bennet sisters on their walks.
Fly away Peter – David Malouf
Written by Australian author David Malouf, the award winning Fly Away Peter is a short story exploring the beautiful continuity of life, despite its meaningless. The beginning of the novel is set on a tranquil bird sanctuary on the Gold Coast before transporting the reader to the contrasting horror of the Western Front during the First World War. Fly Away Peter is a novel that will make you appreciate your surroundings and contemplate the significance of your existence.
Emma – Jane Austen
A novel about the self-confidence of youth and the perils of misunderstood love. Austen’s main character, Emma, is a “handsome, clever and rich” young lady who fails to see the danger of meddling in other people’s lives.
Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
Written in the form of a personal diary, Helen Fielding’s novel tells the story of a year in the life of 30-something, single working Londonite, Bridget Jones. Covering career, self-image, family, friends and relationships, this is the perfect holiday read.
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
Winner of the 1997 Booker Prize, The God of Small Things is the debut novel by Indian writer Arundhati Roy. Set in Kerala, India, the novel explores the widespread effects the remnants of the Indian Caste system have on the people of the Keralan community.
The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger
A light-hearted novel about a young woman hired as a personal assistant to Miranda Priestly, a powerful editor for the fashion magazine Runway. A story of romance and work-life balance. If you loved the movie, you’ll love the book even more! Definitely a novel to curl up with in one of the hammocks on the verandah!
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
A vividly described survival story centered on young Pi Patel, an Indian boy whose family decide to relocate to Canada, selling their zoo and migrating on a ship with the animals. When their boat sinks, Pi is forced to survive for 227 days at sea on a small lifeboat.