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Penguin summer reads

As summer days stretch out before us, so too does the promise of slow holiday afternoons losing yourself in a good book. Rug on the beach, Swim Club sun lounger or rainy day window sofa; fiction or non-fiction; love story or thriller – there’s nothing quite like devouring compelling pages you might not find time for in everyday life.

But whether the sun’s beating down or the rain lashing the windows, reading can be thirsty ‘work’. Be it a refreshing sip of something cold, or a warm, spicy kick to bring you round, a good book demands a good drink close at hand.

Working with our friends at Penguin – who’ve picked out some of their favourite new releases this summer – our resident drinks aficionado, Christina Knight, selects a drink to go with each title, inspired by the themes of each book.

Our summer book and drink pairings

We’ve included links if you want to get your hands on a copy, or you can also find all these titles in our ocean room library.

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The Paper Palace

by Miranda Cowley Heller

On a perfect August morning, Elle Bishop heads out for a swim in the pond below 'The Paper Palace' – her family's holiday home in Cape Cod. As she dives beneath the water she relives the passionate encounter she had the night before, against the side of the house that knows all her darkest secrets, while her husband and mother chatted to their guests inside… So begins a story that unfolds over 24 hours and 50 years, as Elle's shocking betrayal leads her to a life-changing decision.

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Drink to read The Paper Palace with: Highpoint Ruby Aperitif

Christina’s notes: “A Cornish fermented, non-alcoholic aperitif with wild herbs and bittersweet citrus…a long refreshing drink with an unexpected twist…”

Recommended reading spot: The Living Space

A book beside a plate of bread and oil "The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak"

The Island of Missing Trees

by Elif Shafak

It is 1974 on the island of Cyprus. Two teenagers, from opposite sides of a divided land, meet at a tavern in the city they both call home. It’s the only place that Kostas, who is Greek and Christian, and Defne, who is Turkish and Muslim, can meet, in secret, hidden beneath the blackened beams from which hang garlands of garlic, chilli peppers and wild herbs. A rich, magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature, and, finally, renewal.

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Drink to read The Island of Missing Trees with: Spicy Tommy’s Martini

Christina’s notes: “Garnished with a sprig of rosemary and a chilli slice, the Spicy Tommy’s Martini made me imagine the vibrant heat, beats and atmosphere in that Cypriot taverna.”

Recommended reading spot: The Beach Hut deck

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by Susan Cain

Bittersweetness is a tendency towards states of longing, poignancy and sorrow; an acute awareness of passing time; and a curiously piercing joy at the beauty of the world. It recognises that light and dark, birth and death – bitter and sweet – are forever paired.

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Drink to read with: Cornish Negroni

Christina’s notes: “The timeless pairing of bitter and sweet, embodied in a timelessly classic cocktail. Our Cornish version blends Tinkture Rose Gin with Knightor White Vermouth and Knightor Rose Vermouth.”

Recommended reading spot: The ocean room in Swim Club

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Everything I Know about Love

by Dolly Alderton

Award-winning journalist Dolly Alderton survived her twenties (just about) and in Everything I Know About Love, she gives an unflinching account of the bad dates and squalid flat-shares, the heartaches and humiliations, and most importantly, the unbreakable female friendships that helped her to hold it all together.

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Drink to read with: Rose Gin & Tonic

Christina’s notes: “Give me a more universal symbol of love than a rose? Tinkture Rose Gin is one of our favourites, and changes colour as you add the tonic – perhaps reflecting the changing emotions of life in your twenties?!”

Recommended reading spot: Zacry’s

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The Whalebone Theatre

by Joanna Quinn

Cristabel Seagrave has always wanted her life to be a story, but there are no girls in the books in her dusty family library. For an unwanted orphan who grows into an unmarriageable young woman, there is no place at all for her in a traditional English manor. But from the day that a whale washes up on the beach at the Chilcombe estate in Dorset, and 12-year-old Cristabel claims it as her own, she is determined to do things differently.

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Drink to read with: Oreo Hot Chocolate

Christina’s notes: “Thinking back to childhood, I couldn’t help but land on our Extreme Oreo Hot Chocolate – topped with whipped cream and and Oreo cookies. Oreos are actually dairy-free, and there’s a fully vegan option with oat milk and oat milk squirty cream.”

Recommended reading spot: The Beach Hut

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The Gardener

By Salley Vickers

Artist, Hassie Days, and her sister, Margot, buy a run-down Jacobean house in Hope Wenlock on the Welsh Marches. While Margot continues her London life in high finance, Hassie is left alone to work the large, long-neglected garden. She is befriended by eccentric, sharp-tongued, Miss Foot, who recommends, Murat, an Albanian migrant, made to feel out of place among the locals, to help Hassie in the garden.

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Drink to read with: Cucumber, Mint and Elderflower cooler

Christina’s notes: “This book is about the healing power of the garden, and this refreshing non-alcoholic drink is bursting with the flavours of an English summertime garden.”

Recommended reading spot: The Living Space deck

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The Crane Wife

by CJ Houser

Ten days after calling off her wedding, CJ Hauser went on an expedition to study the whooping crane. After a week wading through the gulf, she realised she had almost signed up to live somebody else's life.

In this intimate, frank and funny memoir in essays, CJ Hauser lets go of 'how life was supposed to be' and goes looking for more honest ways of living.

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Drink to read with: Sea flower cocktail

Christina’s notes: “This book is about finding joy in the unexpected – the new sea flower cocktail in Zacry's has sea buckthorn puree as un unexpected ingredient and adds an exciting twist. Mix elderflower liquor, rum, pineapple, sugar and lime. Shake and serve over ice. Garnish with pineapple.”

Recommended reading spot: Zacry's


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