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If Only...'s top holiday reads

With children across the country dressing up to celebrate World Book Day today, we’ve compiled a list of some of If Only…’s top holiday reads…


The Wrong Way Home

Alison T – Marketing Executive

Although her all-time favourite book is Harper Lee’s To Kill a MockingbirdThe Wrong Way Home is one of Alison’s go-to holiday reads. This is the hilarious true story of Peter Moore travelling from his temporary home in London back to Australia, by bone-rattling bus, furnace-like trains, exorbitantly-priced taxis – anything but an aeroplane.

Mark Billingham

Debbie B – Operations Manager

A lover of crime novels, Debbie usually takes a Mark Billingham book with her when she’s on her travels.


Dominic – Head of Partnerships

In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escapes from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He tells his story in Shantaram, recommended by Dominic as one of his top reads.

Lee Child

Jane C – Brendan’s PA

A book by one of the world’s leading thriller writers, Lee Child always makes its way into Jane’s suitcase when travelling.

The Rosie Project

Julie – Australasia Team Leader

Julie’s top recommendation, The Rosie Project, and the sequel The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion is a light-hearted story of a genetics professor who struggles to maintain a serious relationship and devises a scientific test to find the perfect partner. What follows will have you crying with laughter…


Kevin – Product Manager

Never one to follow the crowd, Kevin’s holiday read recommendation is the lengthy Stalingrad by Anthony Beevor. This is a harrowing look at one of history’s darkest moments; a story of civilian bravery, carnage and the nature of war itself.

A Suitcase of Adventures

Neil – Head of Sales

When asked, Neil advised that his favourite book is A Suitcase of Adventures by our MD Brendan Maguire. We think he’s fishing for brownie points…


Stacey – Indian Ocean Specialist

Stacey usually takes a new book with her every time she goes away. She’s planning to read Dan Brown’s Inferno when she travels to Mauritius this weekend.

Me Before You

Susan G – Marketing Executive

Susan took the New York Times Number 1 Bestselling Novel Me Before You by Jojo Moyes on her most recent holiday. This is the magical, but heart-breaking, story of the girl-next-door who becomes a carer for a young man injured in a motorbike accident. This is a romantic novel, but not as you’d expect.

The Goldfinch

Tom – Marketing Manager

Pulitzer Prize-winning The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is Tom’s top holiday read. This is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power, combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense.

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