Blame Netflix and its seamless ‘next episode’ segue, blame our diminished attention spans, blame whatever you like: however good our intentions, it’s often books we let slide when we're attempting to stay on top of the culture treadmill - until the sunnier weather arrives. Whether you’re lazing by the lido, hitting the beach, killing time on a long-haul flight or simply all out of iPhone battery in the departure lounge, there’s no better time for tackling a mounting ‘to read’ pile than summer. From a new short story collection to old favourites ripe for re-visiting, page turning thrillers to modern love stories and personal essays, these are the holiday reads that Grazia’s digital team will be packing in their hand luggage…
Crudo, Olivia Laing (Picador, £12.99
Olivia Laing's non-fiction can make the most melancholy of subjects utterly compelling (chronic loneliness in The Lonely City, writers and alcoholism in The Trip To Echo Spring) so I look forward to reading her debut novel, Crudo. Written in just seven weeks, it retreads the tumultuous political events of last summer in real time from the perspective of a hybrid narrator, who is part experimental writer Kathy Acker, part Laing herself.