16 JUNE 2017 – Brits love a thriller read on the beach

“Girl on the Train” tops poll of 12 favourite beach holiday reads  

As Brits lie back on the beach, with no plans to move for a couple hours, new research has revealed, we are a nation of “Thriller” readers, with half of the top 12 holiday reads, comprising of varying types of thriller books.

Recent psychological thriller, “Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins, has been crowned as the nation’s favourite beach holiday read, followed by classics thriller “Kiss the Girls” by James Patterson in second place and “The Gift” by Martina Cole in fourth.

And it is not just the sun that gets the nation hot under the collar, as the nation’s third favourite book is the “50 Shades of Grey” series by E L James.

“Girl on the Train” tops poll of 12 favourite beach holiday reads  

The poll run by leading online travel agent, Travel Republic as part of their Beach Holiday Book Club, also revealed popular TV series Big Little Lies has also had an influence on the nation’s holiday reading habits as Lianne Moriaty’s book of the same name features in the list.

But it is not just the newly published books Brits enjoy on the beach, holiday classics such as 90s crime drama, Dangerous Lady by Martina Cole, 70s thriller read, The Shining by Stephen King and 50s autobiographical, Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee, remain popular amongst UK holidaymakers.

Participating in a live WebTV show as part of the Travel Republic Beach Holiday Book Club, Corinne Sweet, Writer and Psychologist said, “We are very time poor, we never get the luxury of reading…so to sink into a book to relax, go to another place, to get that wonderful sense of being with yourself and a good book is rather enriching psychologically.”

And reading about beautiful and exotic locations, whilst in a beautiful and exotic location, is popular amongst Brits with books such as The Beach by Alex Garland and The Island, by Victoria Hislop, featuring in our favourite beach holiday reads.

Naomi Wilkinson, Marketing Director for Travel Republic, says, “Taking time out to read when on holiday is an enjoyable experience, and we hope the top 12 beach reads provides inspiration for our customers next holiday.”

Travel Republic’s 2017 Summer Sale continues, with great holiday deals to many beach destinations were holidaymakers can sit back and enjoy a good book!

For further information and destination inspiration, visit www.travelrepublic.co.uk


Notes to Editors:

Supporting video content of the Top 12 Beach Holiday Reads, presented by Author and Book Reviews Editor, Isabelle Broom is available for download here: http://buff.ly/2tlX97z

Top 12 Holiday Reads from Travel Republic

  1. Girl on the train by Paula Hawkins
  2. Kiss the Girls by James Patterson
  3. 50 shades of Grey Series by E L James
  4. Dangerous Lady by Martina Cole
  5. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
  6. The Giftby Danielle Steel
  7. The Islandby Victoria Hislop
  8. The Beach by Alex Garland
  9. Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
  10. The Shining by Stephen King
  11. Big Little Liesby Liane Moriaty
  12. Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

*Over 230 participants involved in a poll on Travel Republic Facebook page – http://buff.ly/2qrCnle


About Travel Republic:


With more than two million holidaymakers booking annually through their websites in the UK and Ireland, Travel Republic is one of the largest and most well-established online travel agents in Europe. With access to over 300,000 hotels, 500 airlines and over 1,000 destinations, Travel Republic offers a breadth of choice for holiday makers. They have been successfully helping people book their hotels, flights and other travel arrangements for over 13 years.