What’s better than a holiday?… An adventure!
A great read can turn your holiday into an inspired journey of excitement and discovery, so make sure to leave extra space for one of our handpicked recommendations we’ve discovered for you to take away on your adventure this summer.
We’ll be partnering with some of the most amazing authors to bring you guys not-to-be-missed top tips on must reads and must visits. Not only that, we will also be creating some great competitions to win signed copies of the books we feature and more – keep reading to discover how to win the book!
Travelling reads with Ruth Ware
This month we’ve been chatting to psychological crime thriller author Ruth Ware and her heart-pounding, twisty thriller The Death of Mrs Westaway.
Ruth is an international number one bestselling author. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Lying Game have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times, and she is also published in more than 40 languages. Ruth lives near Brighton with her family.
Have you been on any literary pilgrimages?
Oh, lots! To Haworth, where the Brontes grew up, to Charleston, where the Bloomsbury Group lived and worked and wrote, to Jane Austen’s Bath, to Roald Dahl’s writing hut in Great Missenden – too many to count.
Where do you go to recharge your batteries?
Bed. I love to shut the door and the curtains and be totally anti-social. But when I need to work off stress, it’s hard to beat a blowy sea walk. Ideally with some rock pools and cliffs.
What was your favourite book as a child?
I would read literally anything as a child, so it’s really hard for me to pick just one. The first book that I can remember really loving and appreciating the language was Kipling’s Just So Stories, which my father used to read to me at bedtime. My favourite was the Elephant’s Child.
Do you visit the destinations in your books?
Mostly they’re imaginary places compiled of various different places I’ve been, so no, is the literal answer. But they usually have elements of real places that I have visited. I’ve never purposely gone somewhere for research though.
What are your top three destinations on your bucket list?
I have always wanted to take a dahabiya down the Nile and travel on the Orient Express. Something about the way Christie writes those books makes transport seem so alluring. I’ve also never visited Japan and have always wanted to go.
The literary character you are most like?
Hmm… probably a mixture of Hermione Granger and Harriet Vane. I’m quite bossy and swottish and very independent. But that makes me sound a lot cleverer and more courageous than I actually am.
If you could choose anywhere in the world to write where would it be?
My house, but with a butler to bring me regular meals beautifully cooked by someone else.
Have you ever been inspired to visit a destination based on a book you read?
I have always wanted to visit Burgh Island, which was Christie’s inspiration for And Then There Were None. And I would love to visit Prince Edward Island in Canada, as I love the Anne of Green Gables books. But I’ve yet to visit either. I can’t think of a place I’ve visited solely because it was the setting of a book (unless you count Haworth and Wuthering Heights) but there are lots of places I’ve been and felt surrounded by the books I’ve read. It’s impossible to go to Cornwall and not think of Daphne du Maurier, nor to visit the Lake District without seeing Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons flitting among the islands, just out of sight.
What books did you take on holiday this year?
It was a work trip, not a holiday, but the last trip I took I was reading Riley Sager’s Lock Every Door, which is a real page-turner.
What is the one thing you always travel with?
Lip salve, my phone, and a credit card. I know. That’s three things. Sorry.
We’ve got 10 copies of The Death of Mrs Westaway to be won. So, enter here for a chance to bag one of them!