Sally Rooney’s new book, A Beautiful World, Where Are You, tops this summer’s must-read list

Why Everyman Wants to Take Sally Rooney on Vacation

  • Sally Rooney’s new book ‘The Beautiful World, Where Are You’ Tops Harry Potter
  • This is the third novel by the author of The Ordinary People – after her dramatization for the BBC
  • A poll of 2,000 people also shows that crime thrillers are popular with readers today

The Beautiful World, Where Are You, Sally Rooney is the UK’s best-selling novel

It quickly became the best-selling book in the UK. So it’s no surprise that Sally Rooney’s latest book has been named the best holiday read.

“A Beautiful World, Where Are You” beat EL James’ horny “Fifty Shades of Grey” and JK Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series to top the list of most popular reads this summer.

Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” and Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” rounded out the top five.

“Beautiful World, Where Are You” tells the story of two female friends who find meaning in life in friendship and relationships.

This is Miss Rooney’s third novel. The BBC dramatized her novels “Ordinary People” (also on the list) and “Conversations with Friends”.

A poll of 2,000 adults finds crime thrillers popular, with Mark Billingham’s Book of Murder, Jeffrey Archer’s Over My Dead Body and Lee and Andrew Child’s “Resurrection” entered the top 20.

Non-fiction by veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough and former Love Island contestant-turned-businesswoman Molly May Hague is also featured.

The study, commissioned by holiday cabin company Original, also found that travelers read five books during a typical vacation.

“A Beautiful World, Where Are You” is Miss Rooney’s third novel. The BBC has dramatised her novels Normal People and Conversations With Friends.

Despite the added weight of books, 60% of adults say they still prefer to read a physical book on the go rather than on a tablet or Kindle.

The study, commissioned by the national holiday cottage company Original Cottages, also found that travellers read five books during a typical holiday.

60% of people read more during a vacation week than during the average work week.

Nearly six in 10 (58%) prefer to read while out and about because they can relax, and 59% believe buying a new book is a key part of travel preparation.

It also emerged that romance was considered the top genre to read while on vacation at home, while others enjoyed mystery, history and literary fiction.

However, instead of trying new things, 39% stick with the type they know they enjoy and keep reading at home.

Nearly three-quarters (72%) think reading is a great way to escape and close.

However, 37% found it difficult to find the right book to buy while on holiday in the UK.

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