With so many amazing holiday destinations around Australia, here are some top reading recommendations to go with your location of choice.
Summer holidays are synonymous with lazy days spent by the beach or pool with a good book, or discovering new destinations, cultures or flavours.
Reading during the holidays is different – we can take our time and truly get absorbed in a great book without any guilt.
With so many breathtaking and diverse holiday destinations around Australia, The Folio Society, publisher of beautiful illustrated editions of the world’s greatest books, has developed a list of top books for ‘location reading’ – matching classic books to popular locales.
Here are The Folio Society’s top location reading recommendations:
Wine and food lovers: Barossa Valley, SA
What better way to unwind after a day touring cellar doors or picnicking among the vines than with the entertaining anecdotes and recipes by renowned food writer Elizabeth David, who strongly influenced the revitalisation of home cookery in Britain in the mid-20th century.
A Book of Mediterranean Food and Other Writings
A Book of Mediterranean Food, Elizabeth David’s first great classic, was based on memories of happy years spent in France, Italy, the Greek Islands and Egypt. Combined here with a selection of essays from An Omelette and a Glass of Wine, it reveals a passion for good food as well as a marvellous ability to evoke atmosphere and place, whether it is the beautiful almond country surrounding Valencia or the pleasure of buying piping hot pissaladiére in the markets of Marseilles. RRP $74.95
Ideal for foodies, The Folio Society’s edition features an introduction by award-winning writer Julian Barnes, 19 drawings by English painter John Minton, and eight full-page watercolours by artist Sophie MacCarthy.
Romantic beach escape: Whitsunday Islands, Qld
Whether snorkelling in the azure waters of the Coral Sea, island hopping or lounging on the white sand beaches, the Whitsunday Islands are a perfect base for a romantic getaway.
The Folio Society recommends Never let Me Go, an unforgettable story of friendship, love and the value of human life.
Never Let Me Go
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2005, this is an unforgettable, poignant story by the author of The Remains of the Day. RRP $64.95
This cloth-bound Folio edition contains a new introduction by Claire Messud, award-winning author of The Emperor’s Children, as well as illustrations by artist Kate Miller whose beautiful, multi-layered illustrations have been praised by Kazuo Ishiguro as ‘subtly gorgeous and full of poignancy’.
Glamping: Longitude 131° in Uluru, NT
Get lost in a classic adventure story inspired by novelists Jack Kerouac and George Orwell in the spiritual heart of the Red Centre in the World Heritage-listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
The Call of the Wild
Set during the Alaskan gold rush of 1897, Jack London’s classic adventure story inspired Kerouac and Orwell. Readers who first encountered The Call of the Wild as children will find re-reading this classic American tale of a drifter and survivor richly rewarding. RRP $44.95
In this Folio edition, artist Abigail Rorer’s drawings depict the fierce beauty of the frozen Yukon. Best-selling author David Vann introduces.
Road tripping: Great Ocean Road, Vic
One of the world’s most scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road is the perfect backdrop to On the Road, a thrilling and poignant story of the road less travelled.
On the Road
A fictionalised account of Jack's own journeys across America with his friend Neal Cassady, Kerouac’s beatnik odyssey captured the soul of a generation and changed the landscape of American fiction for ever. RRP $67.95
This Folio Society edition is bound in cloth and illustrated with evocative photographs of Kerouac and the landscapes of 1950s America.
From L-R: A Book of Mediterranean Food and Other Writings; Never Let Me Go; The Call of the Wild; On the Road
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