The Rayburn Book Club – Recommended Reads for Language Lovers

Last updated: Jan 30th, 2019

Recommended Summer Reads for Language Lovers


The summer holidays are here and now’s the time to escape: to the beach, to the mountains or to the world of a good book!

As a team of language enthusiasts, we’ve always got a good book on the go and we wanted to share some of our favourites with you.

So put the kettle on, pull up a chair and tuck into one of our top summer reads…

La Sombra del Viento (The Shadow of the Wind), Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Set in Barcelona in 1945 in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Daniel finds solace in a forgotten book entitled The Shadow of the Wind. What beings as an innocent quest to find more of the author’s work leads to the unfolding of a dark secret.

Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince), Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This beautiful novella is a classic tale that is a must-read for both children and adults. On its surface, Le Petit Prince tells the story of an airman’s discovery of a boy from another planet and his stories of intergalatic travel; beneath the surface it is a thought-provoking allegory of the human condition.

Tintenherz (Inkheart), Cornelia Funke

A tale of supernatural storytelling and mysterious fantasy, Inkheart is a book about books and is both a celebration, and a warning about the power of literature. Conveying the joys, terrors and pitfalls or reading, this German novel is a fantastic read for both children and adults.

The Italians, Luigi Barzini

Barzini paints a portrait of Italian life in all its beauty, wonder and diversity as he takes us on a guided tour through centuries of history. From Machiavelli and Mussolini to popes and pilgrims, this book is bursting with the breadth of Italian culture and conflict. Revealing both the country’s virtues and vices, this is an essential read for anyone interested in Italian history and culture.

Keep an eye on our blog for more top picks!