Few things are better than getting a tan with your favorite book in hand. Here are some of the books you may want to bring on your holidays. You can buy them at local bookstores.
By CLIVE CUSSLER
Synopsis: It’s called Rapier. It is the biggest advance in naval technology in decades – an attack submarine capable of incredible underwater speeds. There is only one problem: A key element of the prototype has vanished, and the man who developed it is dead. Now Dirk Pitt and his NUMA team must go on a desperate international chase to retrieve it. But as they close in they discover that they’re facing a much, much greater threat than they ever imagined. If they fail in their mission, the world might end up a very different place – and not a pleasant one.
Price: Bt535 (US$17.35) // Available in Asia Books / Bookazine
By JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Synopsis: In a vase in a closet, a couple of years after his father died in 9/11, nine-year-old Oskar discovers a key…The key belonged to his father, he’s sure of that. But which of New York’s 162 million locks does it open? So begins a quest that takes Oskar – inventor, letter-writer and amateur detective – across New York’s five boroughs and into the jumbled lives of friends, relatives and complete strangers. He gets heavy boots, he gives himself little bruises and he inches ever nearer to the heart of a family mystery that stretches back fifty years. But will it take him any closer to, or even further from, his lost father?
Price: Bt.355 (US$11.52) // Available in Asia Books / Bookazine
By J.K. ROWLING
Synopsis: When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, and teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations? A big novel about a small town, “The Casual Vacancy” is J. K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.
Price: Bt680 (US$22.06) // Available in Asia Books / Bookazine
By HEIKE B. GORTEMAKER
Synopsis: “Daily Telegraph” books of the year and BBC “History Magazine” book club title: ‘I want to be a beautiful corpse, I will take poison’ Eva Braun, 1945. Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler were together for 14 years, a relationship that ended only with their marriage and double suicide in Berlin. Heike Gortemaker’s highly praised book is the first to take Braun’s role in the Nazi hierarchy seriously. It uses her to throw fascinating light on a regime that prided itself on its harsh, coherent, and unsentimental ideology, but which was in practice a chaos of competing individuals fighting for space around the overwhelmingly dominant figure of Hitler.
Price: Bt.445 (US$14.43) // Available in Asia Books / Bookazine