The May/June edition of newbooks magazine – available in all Glasgow libraries! – has author Isabel Ashdown writing about “My five favourite summers” – her favourite literary scenes of summer. I realise that summer seems a distant prospect at times [it’s snowing not too far from here] but it set me wondering – what makes a perfect summer read? Is it a book set in the place you’re visiting – have you travelled to Spetses clutching a copy of The Magus, or read Jane Austen in Bath? Or do you enjoy a spot of armchair travelling – choosing a book to take you to a place you’d love to visit but can’t – maybe it’s set in the past or the future, in a fantasy land, or is just too far away?
Get in touch if you’d like to share your perfect summer read.
For the record, Isabel Ashdown’s are:
Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
The Wild by Esther Freud
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann
You can read the reasons for her choices in the magazine at your local Glasgow library.