Claire Harman I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to pack Adam Nicolson’s The Making of Poetry (William Collins, £25) in their summer suitcases, since the title doesn’t readily convey what an engrossing book this is (about young Wordsworth and Coleridge in the West Country in 1797), full of emotion and quite beautifully written. The book I’m most looking forward to reading is Patrick McGuinness’s second novel, Throw Me to the Wolves (Cape, £14.99). His Booker-long-listed The Last Hundred Days was a bracing blend of great storytelling and highbrow drollery, so I have high hopes for this new policier. Ian Thomson Cuba meant a great deal to Graham Greene. Our Man Down in Havana: The Story Behind Graham Greene’s Cold War Spy Novel (Pegasus Books, £19.99), by Christopher Hull, conjures the Cuban capital in all its pre-Castro glory. In Havana with a taxi-driver as guide, Greene fathomed an underworld of … [Read more...] about The ES guide to the best summer holiday reads
Happy summer holidays
The dreary grey weather has us already dreaming of sunnier climates - and easyJet Holidays is offering up plenty of opportunity to start planning our next holidays! The travel firm currently has a host of tempting deals for holidays across June, July and August with prices for less than £300pp. We're talking destinations such as Tenerife and Malta as well as city breaks to the likes of Madrid and Copenhagen. The best part is that some of the deals fall within the school holiday dates too, although some of the cheapest offerings did tend to be outside of these. To give you a helping hand we've picked out a few of the deals that caught our attention... Happy holiday hunting! Madrid from £206pp : Stay three nights at the 4* Senator Gran Via 70 Spa hotel on a room only basis, with return flights from London Gatwick. Based on a 14th August departure. Click here to book . Copenhagen from £245pp : Stay two nights at the 4* Tivoli Hotel on a room only basis, with … [Read more...] about easyJet Holidays currently has summer holidays for under £300pp
ANYONE feeling stressed can head to Finland this summer for free thanks to a new "experiment". The "Rent a Finn" campaign is giving tourists the opportunity to learn to be happy with the locals. Finland is often voted one of the happiest countries in the world, with a UN study last year finding it number one country for happiness. The campaign hopes to encourage the successful applicants to live their best life by connecting to the Finnish way of living and nature. For two to three nights, visitors can stay with a local host, who will show them some of the best Finnish activities, such as fishing, berry picking or an authentic Finnish sauna. By getting back to basics, people can learn to switch off from their busy schedules. Brits hoping to take advantage of the experiment are not able to apply just yet, with applications opening on March 18 and closing on April 14. The successful applicants will be informed in April and May and the trips will take place this year between June and … [Read more...] about Finland is offering Brits a free summer holiday so they can learn how to be happy from the locals
Families are required to host young people to take in the fresh air of the Staffordshire Moorlands. As in previous years Chernobyl Children’s Project (Stoke and Endon Group) will be inviting children in remission of cancer for a recuperative holiday during 2019. The group will be inviting mothers and young children (aged four to six) for three weeks in April/May. Each mum and child will stay for 10 days with a local host family and then move to another one. During the summer holidays teenagers (15-18) will be welcomed to the area. John and Julie Gater are members of the group. Mrs Gater said: “Local families will host two teenagers for two weeks. There is no need to speak Russian, many of the teenagers have a good level of English and it is amazing what can be achieved through mime and the translating app on a smart phone. “Also the groups are accompanied by an interpreter and a doctor. “Throughout their stay in the UK the groups get together often for all sorts … [Read more...] about Can you host a Chernobyl child for a week’s holiday?
Let's face it, January can be pretty bleak. The festive season is well and truly behind us, we're back at work between paydays, the weather is miserable and summer holidays are still a speck on the horizons. We've even coined a name for what is supposedly the most depressing day of the year, Blue Monday, which fell on January 21 this year. But wallowing in misery isn't going to help anyone. So go ahead, spend one day in bed eating leftover Christmas chocolates and binge-watching your favourite Netflix show. But when that's over with, read these simple and easy ways you can feel cheery during these cold winter months: 1. Try a free yoga session First Light's new yoga studio in Westfield London is offering three free yoga sessions on Blue Monday starting at 7:30am, 12:30pm and 6:30pm respectively. To book your class, email [email protected] 2. Catch up on some good news The world can often seem a bit doom and gloom, so take time out of your day to catch up on the … [Read more...] about 14 little things you can do to make yourself happy this January