After a sultry weekend in London and with the promise of further soaring temperatures on the way, my thoughts have turned to those books that cause my skin to tingle as the heat of the summer sun seeps through the pages
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The stifled relationship between Gatsby and Daisy peaks when the heat of New York is at its most oppressive.
“It’s so hot and everything is so confused”
Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
A beach side holiday in small town America. Sand, sunscreen and sandwiches and an unexpected turn of events.
“Why wasn’t there an etiquette book for runaway wives”
Swimming Home by Deb0rah Levy
The searing heat of Southern France is the back drop for this tense novel of mental instability and fractured relationships
“Her forehead looked as if she had pressed it against a hot iron. She was a redhead and the sun had been brutal to her pale skin”
The Book of Summers by Emylia Hall
A coming of age story set in the beauty of Hungarian countryside at the height of the scorching summer temperatures
“You’ve a whole other world here, Erzi. And every summer, the sun won’t shine until you come. Not for us.”