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Which books should you pack for your summer holiday and which should you leave behind? Prospect's expert panel of readers, writers and thinkers offer their advice

By Ian Rankin   August 2008

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Ian Rankin

The art of holiday reading

I always take a slew of books with me on holiday. Some I will have read before—Bleak House or Heart of Darkness, for example. Some will be recent non-fiction, like Simon Gray’s The Last Cigarette (Granta). There may be a biography of a maverick rock singer such as Tom Waits, or a psychedelic group such as Hawkwind. I’ll take a few contemporary thrillers—such as Romanno Bridge by Andrew Greig (Quercus) and crime novels by the likes of Allan Guthrie, James Lee…

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