Top tens and best books lists – we love them and hate them in equal measure. On one hand, a simple way of helping us choose new reading material (great if you haven’t got hours to spend browsing at your local bookshop); on the other, a wildly subjective method of collecting together novels – best-seller status (Fifty Shades, anyone?) doesn’t necessary mean that a book is worth reading. However, many of the novels on the Telegraph’s list stand the test of time, so if you’re after something to peruse on the beach, you’re sure to find inspiration. summer reading

Having time to read is one of the great pleasures of a holiday. But not if the books you’ve packed are a let-down. We’ve picked 50 of our favourites to keep you busy on the beach. Read more: The Telegraph.