I’ve just started F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night, a novel set amongst the pine trees and turquoise waters of the Riviera in the 1920’s, and realised how a summery summer read can make summer even better. To get you into the mood, the Guardian has made a list of books that will bring you right into the spirit of summer.
Of the books on Guardian’s list, I’ve read John Fowles’ The Magus and remember, just as Tim Lott, getting absolutely, completely hooked by this surreal, mysterious story of a young English teacher who visits a Greek island and gets involved in the psychological games of a wealthy Greek islander. I read in in my twenties and although Lott’s might be right about the book being juvenile, it still lingers in my mind.
The Great Gatsby is another obvious summer read on Lott’s list which will bring you to the shores of Long Island as is Ian McEwan’s Atonement, my favourite of his books, which takes place in a steaming (in more than one way) hot English country side.
There are lots more suggestions here, take your pick.