Just imagine – you’re anchored in a secluded bay, you jumped into the crystal blue Adriatic sea and now you’re just relaxing on your yacht, flipping through the pages of an interesting book, immersing yourself into the story. Doesn’t get any better than that, right? So, make sure to leave some space in your suitcase for books. Here is our selection of books to bring your sailing vacation!
The Neapolitan Novels
This 4-part series by Italian author Elena Ferrante is something you will read almost in one breath! Easy to read jet filled with heaviness of unprivileged, poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples, Italy it will drag you into the lives of two perspective and intelligent girls: Elena (Lenu) and Raffaella (Lila). The series follows their life from childhood to adulthood and old age, as they try to create a better life for themselves amidst the violet times and culture they live in. The Neapolitan Novels include My Brilliant Friend (2012), The Story of a New Name (2013), Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (2014), and The Story of the Lost Child (2015).
This hit book of 2019, written by Margaret Atwood is definitely something to bring with you on your sailing vacation. It is a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale with the story set 15 years after the events of the previously mentioned book. The story has been told by three female narrators: aunt Lydia who is secretly writing her memoirs, Agnes – a young woman who has grown up in Gilead and is supposed to be married to a commander and Daisy – a teenager living in Canada. How these young women may or may not be connected – to one another and also, in Daisy’s case, to Gilead – is one of the questions that drives the first hundred pages or so of this exciting novel. Do not miss to read it!
The Eight Mountains
This bestseller is an international sensation and has bought Paul Cognetti the reputation of “the new Elena Ferrante”. The story follows two young boys from different backgrounds who meet in the mountains every summer and the men they grow up to become. As Annie Proulx said, “It is an exquisite unfolding of the deep way humans may love one another”, a story about friendship, the bond between fathers and sons, but also a story about love for mountains. Imagine enjoying this booking while sailing in the Zadar region with a view of the magnificent Velebit mountain!
While sailing in Croatian waters why not read one of the best Croatian authors? Olja Savičević Ivančević is young but well-known writer from Split who spent her childhood in Kaštela, very close to our charter base! Another curiosity – after she graduated, she worked as a teacher of Croatian language and literature and one of our booking team members was her student! The Guardian described this novel as “Dazzling, funny and deadly serious, this perfectly pitched novel about the legacy of the Yugoslav war heralds the arrival of an exciting new European voice.” It follows the story of Dada who returns to remote Croatian village, after leading not such a fulfilling life in Zagreb. Hoping to free her family from the grip of the past, Dada vows to unravel the mystery of her brother’s final days.