Sunscreen? Check. Towel? Check. Fantastic book you can't put down, no matter how tempting the ocean or pool is? Check, check and check.
Sunscreen? Check. Towel? Check. Fantastic book you can't put down, no matter how tempting the ocean or pool is? Check, check and check. There's no better travelling companion than a book, whether it's on a device or on quaint old paper. And one set in your holiday destination? Even better.
Our Man In Havana
The scene: Havana in pre-revolutionary 1950s. Mild-mannered Jim Wormold, a not-very-successful salesman for the PhastKleaner vacuum cleaner company, has just been informed by his petulant teenage daughter that she requires a horse. But there's no money. Luckily that's when he's approached to be a secret agent for Britain - a task for which he is completely unprepared. As he wades into a world of an invented spy network much wry hilarity ensues. If you'll be in Havana, be sure to drop by the classic Hotel Nacional, home of many of the scenes.
Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo
Born in Mexico City in 1907, Frida Kahlo went on to become one of the country's most famous painters, despite a life lived in pain caused by childhood polio and a horrific bus accident. A broken back and countless other injuries meant she spent a lot of time bedridden where she began to paint her famous self-portraits, which are still today daring in their frankness and insight. Her poor health didn't stop a passionate and volatile marriage to fellow painter Diego Riviera, and a close relationship to Russian politician Leon Trotsky. She dies at 47, still fearless, unconventional, colourful and controversial.
In 1970s Massachusetts, inventor Allie Fox (manic, manipulative) decides unilaterally to take his wife and four kids away from America (cancerous, corrupt) and move to Honduras. His plan? To live in the jungle and create an ice factory to transform the local Indians' lives. Incredibly, he succeeds...until civilization encroaches and Allie, descending into paranoia and madness, hauls them further into the wild. Told through the eyes of Allie's teenage son, it's a riveting take. Famed for his travel books, author Theroux's prose ("the river snuffled like a pack of hogs") will transport you to the steamy tropics.