The Times Online recently published a list of suggested titles that you'll actually finish reading while on holiday this summer. Pack your sunblock, beach towel and any of these recommended books and enjoy your summer holidays!

Never Let Me Go

Kazuo Ishiguro

What unfolds is the haunting story of how Kathy, Ruth and Tommy, slowly come to face the truth about their seemingly happy childhoods - and about their futures. Never Let Me Go is a uniquely moving novel.

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The Upstart

Piers Paul Read

Hilary Fletcher is the clever son of a humble vicar. When his father takes up the living at Lasterby in Yorkshire, Hilary finds himself equally ill-at-ease in both the grand drawing rooms of the manor house and the earthy kitchen of his farmer uncle.

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The Go-Between

L.P. Hartley

A man in his 60s looks back on his boyhood for the first time in 50 years, recalling events that took place on a summer visit to a Norfolk country house at the turn of the century.

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The Camomile Lawn

Mary Wesley

In the heat of the summer of 1939, five young cousins gathered together for their annual holiday in Cornwall with their aunt. It was to be their last summer of innocence, youth and freedom before the war closed around them.

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Brideshead Revisited

Evelyn Waugh

Written at the end of the World War II, this novel mourns the passing of the aristocratic world which Waugh knew in his youth and recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by the austerities of war.

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The Story of Lucy Gault

William Trevor

8-year-old Lucy can't bear to leave the seashore, the old house, - so she hatches a plan. It is then that the calamity happens - an accident almost, but so vicious in its consequences that it blights the lives of the Gaults for years.

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark

She was a schoolmistress with a difference. Proud, cultured, romantic, her ideas were progressive, even shocking. And when she decided to transform a group of young girls under her tutelage into the "creme de la creme" of Marcia Blaine school, no one could have predicted the outcome.

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David Lodge

To all appearances, Laurence Passmore is sitting pretty. True, he's almost bald and nicknamed "Tubby", but the TV sitcom he writes keeps the money flowing in, and he has every other material comfort; but what the money can't buy, and what his many therapists can't deliver, is contentment.

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The War Between the Tates

Alison Luire

Once the Tates were an attractive family, but now Erica is bored, Brian's career is at a standstill, and the children have become revolting teenagers. Then Erica discovers that her husband is carrying on with one of his students.

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The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Set in the post-Great War Long Island/New York world of the rich. The narrator, Nick Carraway, sympathetically records the pathos of Gatsby's romantic dream which founders on the reality of corruption, the insulated selfishness of Tom and Daisy, and the cutting edge of violence.

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