Some books are pure enjoyment, they sweep us up and put us down again hours later full of simple pleasure. Some people call them their ‘guilty pleasure’ but I don’t think there is anything to feel guilty about, a good fun story is one of the greatest pleasures in life. There is a time for ‘serious’ literature and non-fiction and a time for kicking back and indulging in pure escapism. Here are a few of my favourites...

Mistral’s Daughter by Judith Krantz - this is a book I used to read under-the-covers at boarding school and it still captivates me with it glamorous charm. Some books are just a bloody good story.

Pandora by Jilly Cooper - another author I grew up reading and one I still love today. It’s easy to get lost inside her world and lose track of time with any of her books, but I particularly love the added element of the art world in this story.

The French Gardener by Santa Montefiore - a beautiful and simple story of love with a hint of mystery, set in the English countryside.

The Inheritance by Tilly Bagshawe - a great romp in the English countryside, perfect for a lazy summer afternoon.

Country Pursuits by Jo Carnegie - another great bonkbuster of pure enjoyment. Who needs Netflix when you’ve got the Churchminster series of books by Jo Carnegie to dive into!