Critic and author Nadia Bailey on beautiful people in European villas

At Summer Stories, we ask our favourite authors and changemakers for their best summer story. 

"In summer, I like to read a genre best described as "beautiful people in European villas", of which Andre Aciman's Call Me By Your Name, Françoise Sagan's Bonjour Tristesse and James Salters' A Sport and a Pastime all belong. My particular pick is M.F.K. Fisher's beautiful autobiography of food and love The Gastronomical Me. It's a perfect summer idyll, recounting Fisher's time spent in Burgundy, in Switzerland, in Dijon, with such lush prose that one can't help being transported. 'It seems to me,' she writes, 'that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it.'"

Nadia Bailey is a writer, editor and critic

Call My By Your Name

Bonjour Tristesse

A Sport and a Pastime

The Gastronomical Me