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Must-read Books for Your List: Our Favourite Reads at Riviera Travel

With more people spending their free time at home at the moment, what better way to escape than with a good book. Whether an old favourite, literary classic or something new, we have asked the resident bookworms at Riviera Travel for their recommended reads. From spy fiction to positive affirmations, here’s what our teams have been reading lately…

“The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. It’s very clever, and love that it’s a book all about stories. Also, Circe by Madeline Miller. I love the re-telling from this perspective, which makes Circe the heroine of her own story”
– Grace, Short Haul Product

“Mine is always The Secret by Rhonda Byrne‎, a great read on the mindset and law of attraction. The book not only lifts you up, it really helps with personal development. It’s designed to re-train your mind if you like, so thoughts become things… You can achieve anything if you set your mind to it.”
– Katie, Reservations

“For those wanting to escape this world for a while and take an imaginary trip to a different land, I can recommend the one book to rule them all… The Lord of the Rings!”
– Mari, Digital

Renegades, White Ghost, Knife Edge, Hybrid & Testament – all by the same author Shaun Hutson. This series of his works all feature the same main character, a Counter-Terrorist Officer Sean Doyle and the stories are so in depth and graphic along with his other works. No wonder Shaun Hutson has the moniker of the Godfather of shock and gore!”
– Darren, Agency Sales

Alone on a Wide Wide Sea was the first one that came to mind by Michael Morpurgo… but it is like a grown up kids’ book and I’ve not read it since I was younger but I think adults could read it too. It’s a really nice book about travel for the sake of travel – the journey itself is what the book is all about, not the destination (although this is important too – barely any of the book is set in Australia [the destination] it is pretty much all on the boat). It’s really heartwarming.”
– Lucy, Operations

Starter for Ten by David Nicholls –  a comedy set in the 1980s about a guy that goes to uni and competes in University Challenge – it then got made into a movie with James McAvoy.”
– Rebecca, Digital

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre. One of the all-time great spy novels, by one of the best known spy genre writers. It twists and turns throughout and keeps you guessing right to the end.
Also, Conclave by Robert Harris. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, 118 cardinals will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals…”
– Darren, Design

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is one of my all-time favourite books – part memoir, part travelogue. It begins in quite a dark place, with the author enduring an emotional breakdown. Then gradually, with the help of travelling to some fantastic places, each providing a different form of healing, she finds her way back to being herself and ultimately – happiness! Plus it gives you a real feel for what it must be like to live in the places where Gilbert spends 3 months at a time – Italy, India and Indonesia.”
– Nicola, Operations

“I have been loving Caitlin Moran’s Moranifesto. It’s a collection of funny observational stories and opinion pieces that you can pick up and put down – ranging from the serious to the silly!”
– Emily, Marketing

“I love One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern. It’s about a group of people brought together by a mysterious list which brings together an amazing group of people who don’t know each other, who by the end are the best of friends. It’s such an amazing book and very uplifting with times like these!”
– Harriet, Reservations

“A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (or anything by him actually!)”
– Imogen, Reservations

Read a good book lately? Have a favourite travel book to recommend? If you had to share a reading list of 3 absolute must-reads, what would be on it? If you have a book recommendation, why not share over on our Facebook or Twitter on the hashtag #RivieraTogether. Let us know the title, author and why you love it. The more the better!