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Poolside reading and useful apps

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Possibly one of Hemingway's finest novels, The Sun Also Rises portrays the colorful ebb and flow of a group of mainly American expatriates as they immerse themselves in 1920s Paris and Spain. The vibrant bull-fighting sequences set in Pamplona are particularly memorable.

The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato

A spellbinding story linking the present and the past. Nora Manin decides to leave her fractured life in London to start again in Venice, and there begins to unravel the story of her ancestor, Corradino Manin, the greatest artist of glass that the island of Murano ever produced. As her life in Venice becomes established, her fate becomes strangely linked to his.

The Night in Lisbon by Erich Maria Remarque

From the author of All Quiet on the Western Front, this is a tale of survival set against the backdrop of the Second World War. The night in Lisbon, a poor young refugee gazes at a boat bound for America, when a stranger with a story to tell approaches him with two tickets.

The Magus by John Fowles

On a remote Greek Island, teacher Nicholas Urfe finds himself embroiled in the deceptions of a master trickster. Reality and illusion intertwine, as Urfe is caught up in the darkest of psychological games.

XE Currency (free)

This currency converting app uses live rates so is completely accurate. It is easy to use and very popular with travelers.

PhotoSynth (free)

Cameras on phones are pretty sophisticated now, but this clever app makes your photos even better. You can create panoramic masterpieces and show off your handy work when you get home.

Vivino Wine Scanner (free)

Take a photo of any wine, and this app’s database will tell you all about it. Save it in your personal 'winelist', read reviews and find out where to buy it elsewhere. No more soaking labels off bottles!

The Art of Glow (free)

An animated, psychedelic app for children, it creates endless moving, colorful shapes just by making patterns with your finger. Very addictive and useful if the plane is delayed!

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