Holiday reading: Mallorca

Balearic book bliss

The largest of the Balearic islands, Mallorca offers postcard-perfect almond, orange and olive groves abound, craggy granite cliffs and unrivalled crystalline waters. It's no wonder that this idyllic Mediterranean landscape inspires the setting for literary creations time and time again. We pick our top 3 reads that will transport you straight there...

The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh (Tinder Press)

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Greg and Jenn are holidaying at the Villa Ana with their 15-year-old daughter and her new boyfriend, when the group are faced with the irreversible consequences of one thoughtless act. Set in sultry Deià, the storyline languidly bowls along the winding country roads with effortless prose while exploring themes of forbidden pleasure and desire.

The Vacationers by Emma Straub (Picador)

New York Times bestseller, The Vacationers is a witty and well-observed look at family life, secrets and relationships, set against the glorious backdrop of Mallorca's Puigpunyent. Straub takes the reader on a journey with New York-family, the Posts, on what is supposed to be an escape from the tensions of everyday life. Ah, if only life were that simple...

Bread and Oil by Tomas Graves (Grub Street)

On the island of Mallorca pa amb oli (bread and oil) is rubbed with garlic, tomatoes and salt. This simple dish is the starting point for Tomas Graves exploration of cooking, traditions, agriculture, and historical influences - tracing the dish back to Roman Times. 

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