Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where Are You has been named the best holiday read – beating the Harry Potter collection and Fifty Shades of Grey.
A poll of 2,000 adults revealed Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird completed the top five.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne, came sixth, followed by The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman and The Diary of Anne Frank.
Other popular reads included My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult, and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.
Finding the right book
The research, commissioned by national holiday cottage company Original Cottages, also found travellers will get through five books during a typical getaway.
And 60 per cent will read more on a week’s holiday than in an average working week.
Nearly six in 10 (58 per cent) prefer to read when away as they can relax and unwind, with 59 per cent believing that buying new books is a key part of the travel prep.
It also emerged romance was considered the top genre to read on a staycation, while others enjoy mystery, historical and literary fiction.
But rather than trying something new, 39 per cent stick to a genre they know they love and read all the time at home.
Nearly three quarters (72 per cent) think reading is a great way to escape and switch off.
However, 37 per cent find it difficult to find the right book to buy when on holiday in the UK.
Holidays are all about escapism
Sonia Holman, from Original Cottages said: “Holidays are all about escapism and there’s nothing quite like getting lost in a good book to help you disconnect from work and unwind.
“We hope that our summer holiday reading list will help Brits to feel inspired when it comes to packing a book for their next UK trip.”
The study also found

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