Forget stuffy, badly-stocked airport bookshops, our editors have chosen a selection of new summer titles perfect for perusing beneath your parasol…
THE HEAVENS BY SANDRA NEWMAN
“’Bewitchingly complex…truly astonishing…capable of eliciting from even the most jaded reader both a kind of startled surprise and an unqualified admiration.” Sandra Newman’s The Heavens – a story of love complicated by time travel – is absolutely captivating. A kind of literary fairytale, it’s mad yet magical, emotional and imaginative.
CITY OF GIRLS BY ELIZABETH GILBERT
Glamorous, powerful and beautifully written, critics agree that Elizabeth Gilbert’s City of Girls has to be this summer’s must-read novel. “Written with such wit, verve and emotional honesty that you feel you’ve washed down 100 life lessons within a vodka martini… City of Girls is an education in love, and an iridescent delight”.
And, of course, your chosen non-fiction title – choose this option if you’d like to add Anna Newton’s An Edited Life to your box.
SELF-CARE FOR THE REAL WORLD
Wellness pioneers Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips have spent decades helping others to feel their best. But it took them a bit longer to learn to care for themselves. Here they share the small, achievable steps they picked up on a lifetime’s journey towards self-care, and how you can apply them to your life, wherever you are.
Self-Care for the Real World is the essential guide to introducing moments of self-care into your life, at the times when you need it the most.
The Summer Books + Beauty box also includes no less than ten indulgent beauty products from our favourite independent brands – and all but one will fit in your carry-on.
JUNO SKINCARE ILLUME LIP BALM
A luxury glaze-style balm with natural sun protection, packed with natural essential oils and nourishing hyaluronic acid.
LORE ORIGINALS LEGEND DRY HAIR MASK
A Liberty London beauty hall bestseller, this is a rich. intense treatment to deeply condition, strengthen and restore dry, damaged tresses.
LA BRUKET BERGAMOT & PATCHOULI HAND CREAM
With shea butter and coconut oil, this nourishing hand cream protects and moisturises. Sensual and chic, the bergamot and patchouli scent is so, so elegant.
DELUNE ROSE & COCONUT FACE MIST
Distilled from fresh rose petals from Grasse, plus hydrating aloe vera and fresh coconut extract, this refreshes and soothes the complexion.
SCENTERED MINI ESCAPE BALM
A 100% natural balm for all your summer travels, with natural oils of sandalwood, frankincense and oud, designed to strengthen mind and enhance clarity.
PATCHOLOGY HAPPY PLACE EYE GELS
Uplift the soul and senses with these soothing gel eye patches enriched with energising floral extracts and antioxidants.
UPCIRCLE LEMONGRASS BODY SCRUB
Upcircle repurposes artisan coffee grounds, making this the ultimate exfoliator for smooth summer skin – with a lemongrass scent to instantly uplift and gently moisturise.
VITAMASQUES MARINE GOLD MASK
Our go-to post-flight sheet mask, this provides an instant hit of potent hydration, leaving skin plump, glowing and soft.
SKIN & TONIC CALM BALM
A multifunctional organic balm to soothe skin and boost your mood, with a hint of natural lavender and chamomile.
MILLER HARRIS SCHERZO/TENDER
Try one of the London-based perfumer’s duo of delicate, intoxicating scents inspired by Tender is the Night, with a 2ml sample, perfect for travels.