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The case for only taking books you really want to read on holiday

How to solve the mystery of holiday reading? Make like Poirot and stay true to your real self

Eventually, I gave up on taking the Odyssey abroad and began packing Agatha Christie novels. Photo: Flickr/ Creative Commons 2.0

Packing to go on a summer holiday is a special kind of fantasy. No matter the destination, selecting the possessions to take on the trip is a way of deciding who to be on this break from real life. Who among us hasn’t slipped the slim volume of poetry and the running tights into the suitcase, choosing to believe that even though they never get touched at home, somehow…

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