The best books to read on holiday

Forget cheap airport thrillers; these are the holiday reads you'll really want to dive into this winter, whether there's a pool at your destination or not.

Sun, ski or city break? Wherever you’re headed this winter, make sure your holiday reads are up to scratch. From autobiography to contemporary fiction, these are the five of the best books to dive into – whether there’s a pool at your destination or not.

The Tour According to G, Geraint Thomas

In winning cycling’s biggest prize – and now the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year – Geraint Thomas gave a dose of personality and humility to a sport struggling with its reputation. In his new autobiography he explains how he did it.

£20, Quercus Publishing, out now

Middle England, Jonathan Coe

A novel for our strange new world. Set between London and the Midlands over the last eight years, Middle England follows a cast of characters struggling through politics, social media, relationships and everyday life.

£16.99, Penguin Books, out now

Freak Kingdom, Timothy Denevi

Forget drugs, booze and gonzo journalism. Hunter S. Thompson’s real legacy, Timothy Denevi argues, is his crusade against Richard Nixon and the threat of fascism in America.

£21.51, PublicAffairs, out now

Hesse: The Wanderer and His Shadow, Gunnar Decker

One if you want to impress poolside. Hermann Hesse has never been more relevant, what with his critique of consumerism and drive for nonconformity. Decker sheds new light on the German author, making him relevant to a whole new generation of cultural dissenters.

£24, Harvard University Press, out now

Withdrawn Traces, Sara Hawys Roberts and Leon Noakes

In 1995, Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards went missing. He was assumed to have committed suicide, but this book examines previously overlooked details. One to pre-order, ready for your spring break

£20, Virgin Books, 31 Jan 2019