Trouble in Paradise

10 books that may make you rethink that beachside holiday

This time of year, thoughts often turn to lazy afternoons on a tropical beach. Sunshine, soothing waves, and mai tais? What could possibly go wrong? Well, plenty, as these stories show. Here are a few books that may make you think just a little more kindly of your non-paradisical home.

1. Koh Tabu

Ann Kelley
Live and Let Die cover

2. Live and Let Die

Ian Fleming
Soul Beach cover

4. Soul Beach

Kate Harrison
Death on the Nile cover

5. Death on the Nile

Agatha Christie
The Rum Diary cover

6. The Rum Diary

Hunter S. Thompson
The Beach cover

7. The Beach

Alex Garland
Not the End cover

8. Not the End of the World

Christopher Brookmyre
Talented Mr Ripley cover

9. The Talented Mr. Ripley

Patricia Highsmith
Treasure Island cover

10. Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust