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This summer's 10 bestselling Kindle books for under £5


Pre-holiday prep just isn't the same without loading up your Kindle with a juicy reading list. Devouring books abroad is one of life's golden pleasures, after all. But it's important to get the balance exactly right - a bit of romance or comedy for the plane, with crime fiction on the beach, adventure stories for mid-afternoon café breaks and a searing tragedy or two to last you through those long summer nights.

We round up some of the most popular ebooks on Kindle right now for under £5, with a bit of something for everyone. Delve in, download and let us know your personal favourites in the comments section below or on Twitter.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

This bittersweet, heart-lifting tale of young love in the face of adversity has the literati raving, and no wonder. Funny, sad and full of tenderness, it will keep you gripped to the early hours.

£1.99, buy it here

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator and war veteran Cormoran Strike to look into the case.

JK Rowling's first crime fiction novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith has been a runaway success, with critics lauding its pace and plot and hailing it as a modern-day Agatha Christie whodunit. Get in now while the hype is hot.

£1.99, buy it here

Summer's Child by Diane Chamberlain

Early on the morning of her eleventh birthday, Daria Cato found an unexpected gift - an abandoned baby. Unable to leave the child unclaimed, the Cato family adopt Shelly, but the secrets of her birth continue to haunt Daria. Twenty years later, an old friend of Daria’s, Rory Taylor, returns to his hometown – and something precarious shifts in the community. For Rory will stop at nothing to uncover the mysteries of Shelly’s birth.

Fans of Jodi Picoult will delight in this finely tuned family drama, with beautifully drawn characters and a string of twists that will keep you guessing right up to the end.

£2, buy it here

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties.

If Harper Lee's classic coming-of-age tale set in the 1930s Deep South has somehow passed you by, now's the time to get stuck in. The book was released in digital format for the first time this April, opening it up to a new generation of readers and allowing the rest of us to re-visit an old favourite.

£2, buy it here

The Son by Jo Nesbo

Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates, and absolves them of their sins. But then one prisoner's confession changes everything. He knows something about Sonny's disgraced father. He needs to break out of prison and make those responsible pay for their crimes.

No surprise the reading classes have pounced on this latest thriller from award-winning Norwegian author Jo Nesbo. Fast-paced and gritty, its fluent, sharply observed prose is a delight to devour.

£3.32, buy it here

Elephant Moon by John Sweeney

As the Second World War rages, the Japanese Imperial Army enters Burma and the British rulers prepare to flee. But the human legacy of the British Empire will be left behind in the shape of sixty-two Anglo-Burmese children, born to local women after affairs with foreign men. Their teacher, Grace Collins, sets out to deliver the orphans to the safety of India, facing impossible odds along the way.

This riveting war drama has seen John Sweeney compared to Michael Morpurgo, with an elegant, haunting prose that draws from a true life story and offers a weighty antidote to all those beach-side cocktails.

99p, buy it here

Last Train to Istanbul by Ayşe Kulin

As the daughter of one of Turkey’s last Ottoman pashas, Selva could win the heart of any man in Ankara. Yet the spirited young beauty only has eyes for Rafael Alfandari, the handsome Jewish son of an esteemed court physician. In defiance of their families, they marry, fleeing to Paris to build a new life. But when the Nazis invade France, the exiled lovers will learn that nothing - not war, not politics, not even religion - can break the bonds of family.

Turkey’s beloved novelist Ayşe Kulin spins a beguiling yarn that travels from Ankara to Paris and Cairo to Berlin under the shadow of World War II. If you like the work of Khaled Hosseini, you'll be drawn to this compelling story of human kindness and the price of cruelty.

£1.19, buy it here

Mistress by James Patterson

As Ben Casper watches his best friend plummet from her sixth-floor apartment balcony, he realises his life is about to change. Diana had no reason to kill herself, she had to have been pushed. Ben starts investigating for himself and soon discovers Diana was leading a double life he knew nothing about. But when more people involved die in questionable circumstances, it's clear that someone doesn't want the truth to be uncovered. And unless Ben drops his investigation, he could be next.

There's nothing quite like a good thriller to keep you glued to your sunbed and James Patterson's action-packed, conspiracy-laden political intrigue does the job with panache. Let yourself wallow in this plot from the king of crime fiction.

£2, buy it here

Grape Expectations by Caro Feely

When Caro and Sean find the perfect ten-hectare vineyard in Saussignac, it seems their dreams of becoming wine-makers in the south of France are about to come true. But they arrive in France with their young family (a toddler and a newborn) to be faced with a dilapidated eighteenth-century farmhouse and an enterprise that may never, ever make them a living.

The idea of setting up your own vineyard in France panders to many an adventurer's fantasy and this funny real-life tale of a family trying to do exactly that (conquering mouse infestations, a leaking roof and agricultural accidents along the way) will inspire and entertain you. It's ample enough fuel for that "I-want-to-change-my-life" holiday mindset.

99p, buy it here

Carve Her Name With Pride by R.J. Minney

The inspiring story of the half-French Violette Szabo, a World War II agent who was posthumously awarded The George Cross. After the death of her husband, she was recruited into the SOE and underwent secret agent training. Her first trip to France was completed successfully even though she was arrested and then released by the French Police. But in the first days after D-Day, she was captured and sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp where she was executed in January 1945.

Violette Szabo was one of Britain's bravest wartime spies but few know the full scale of facts surrounding her story. The release of this classic biography in ebook earlier this year allows us to get under the skin of "the real life Charlotte Gray" who fought off an SS division with machine gun spray and left behind a small daughter, Tania (who collected her mother's bravery awards after the war). A must-read tale.

49p, buy it here



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