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This summer's best beach books and holiday reads

It's hard to define what makes a really great beach read. A dash of romance? A gripping thriller? A hint of escapism? Or heartbreaking historical fiction that will have us sobbing into our sunbeds?

The truth is, it's probably a bit of all of these. Holidays allow us a golden, guilt-free window of opportunity to read until we develop tan lines on our forehead (from all that frowning into the sun). We positively gallop through a mish-mash of different books, soaking up thrilling plot lines and discovering our favourite new authors as if our lives depended on it.

So if your Kindle is looking a little lacklustre, it's high time for an update. Get set to holiday in style with a look at 25 essential new reads for summer 2014, from this year's answer to Gone Girl to the latest from Jojo Moyes:

Words: Anna Brech

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