British authors and Daily Mail critics reveal their selection of the best books this summer to pack for your holiday. Choose from thrillers, crime, literary fiction, chick flicks, children's and more. Pictured clockwise from top left: The Leavers by Lisa Ko, Firefly by Henry Porter, Bee Boy by Tony De Saulles, Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearse, Circe by Madeline Miller, Warlight by Michael Ondaatje, Sourdough by Robin Sloan and Acts Of Infidelity by Lena Andersson.
That damned Mussolini's ruined our holiday! How the rich and titled gathered on the Riviera to worship the sun and sleep with each other in their gilded mansions - until WWII spoiled their fun
Barry Dierks and Eric Sawyer (pictured right) built new homes in the South of France for the rich and titled which attracted the likes of the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson (pictured left) - before the outbreak of the Second World War. The stories of the parties on the Riviera before the war and the experiences of Dierks and Sawyer are highlighted in a new book titled Riviera Dreaming (pictured inset).
How Sherlock's creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle unravelled a REAL murder and saved a man who had wrongly spent 16 years in jail for murdering an 82-year-old
Oscar Slater had spent 16 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit when he passed a note to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (pictured left) through the dentures of another inmate - he was eventually freed thanks to the efforts of the Sherlock Holmes creator (pictured right). 82-year-old spinster Marion Gilchrist was living in a large flat in a prosperous neighbourhood of Glasgow and was bludgeoned to death. Though Slater was originally jailed, the actual culprit was never found.
A sparkling WIT but a terrible husband: Dr Johnson may not have tired of London, but he did tire of his wife - and took a mistress said to have chained and beaten him
Author Henry Hitchings uncovers the life of 18th century man-of-letters Samuel Johnson (pictured left) in a new book (pictured inset). Samuel whose sayings became famous and much quoted made a name for himself by seeking bookish accomplishments. Henry reveals Samuel (pictured right) was busy establishing himself as a literary agent when his wife Tetty, died in 1752. Samuel didn't attend her funeral or visit her grave for more than a year.