Best Holiday ReadsAugust 29, 2012
Reading may be a simple pleasure, but we’ve been around long enough to know that our guests really appreciate having the time – and relaxed state of mind – to enjoy a good book while relaxing on Hayman or perhaps sailing in the reef surrounds.
This month we’ve picked four of our recent favourites, across a variety of topics. Having read these ourselves, we can guarantee that you’re in for a treat!
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
This novel has been a literary darling since its release almost two years ago. The recipient of rave reviews and awards, it’s quite simply a really great read. Set in modern America, readers follow an expansive cast of characters as the novel flawlessly integrates key events across different decades and situations. Terrifically written with unexpected plot lines and well-developed characters makes this the kind of book that is a fantastic read without being being fussy or fancy.
Your Voice In My Head by Emma Forrest
This one is short and intense, and probably more for the ladies. A biographical work written by an incredibly talented and self-destructive young writer, you will meet Emma and follow her through her eccentric life in New York, her all-consuming love affair with on of the world’s biggest stars, and her heartbreak as she loses one of her most important confidants in life.
We have no doubts that this will become a movie in the near future, but be sure to read the book before it does – Emma’s words and language are not to be missed.
I Am The Secret Footballer: Lifting the Lid on the Beautiful Game by Anonymous
As the title suggests, this is one for the soccer lovers. Written by an unnamed player, this is a fearlessly honest and opinionated account of a career amongst the racism, wealth, scandals and super high highs of one of the world’s most popular sport.
Released this month, it is confirmed that The Secret Footballer is a current player in the English Premier League. Read it and let us know who you think it could be.
Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer
Lehrer is the bearer of one of those admirable minds that can translate complicated scientific and psychological theory into concepts that are comprehensible to the rest of us mere humans. His third book, Imagine draws critical insights from neuroscience and well known cases of creativity (both past and present) to illustrate not only how creativity works, but how creative thinking can be encouraged.
A lighter read than one may expect, this is certainly guilt free holiday reading on Hayman’s beach or by the pools.