Creme De La Kindle
by Molly Hopkins
You simply can’t go on holiday without it. Thirty authors have each contributed a short story to what is going to be the Creme De La Kindle, ( I made that saying up myself). The concept is the brainchild of the fabulous and talented Belinda Jones. And what a brilliant idea it is. Each story will be set in a different exotic location; it’s an around the world trip in the flick of a download.
Thirty authors and thirty glamorous destinations all in one book has got to be the equivalent of having the January Sales the week before Christmas. I mean, you simply cannot get better value for money than that. It’s the perfect beach read, or commute read, or sitting in the doctor’s surgery read for that matter. There can be no preferred scenario to taking yourself off to Hong Kong in the morning, Egypt at lunch time, spending the early evening in Dubai and going to New York after dinner.
And so who has contributed to this work of literary genius I hear you ask. Well Belinda Jones obviously (she had to contribute because it was her idea). And then there is Chrissie Manby, Lucy Lord, Kate Harrison and Victoria Fox to name but a few – are you getting the picture? I’m quite overcome with emotion thinking about it. I can see me jetting off this summer and forgetting to pack my passport because I’m so totally obsessed with making sure I’ve packed my Kindle ( with Sunlounger downloaded of course).
I’ve set my Sunlounger story against the glistening backdrop of the sun-kissed Greek island of Santorini. I went to Santorini a couple of years ago for research purposes. I know writers always say that for tax reasons, but seriously I really did go for research purposes. I went with my sister, daughter and two nieces. I booked us into a two-star hotel, (my sister shrieked that the hotel looked like a World War II bomb shelter. I couldn’t deny her observation). I had wanted to absorb the primitive traditions of the island, without the frills of five-star luxury to distort the cultural experience of ancient Greece. But it only took me one night to absorb the primitive traditions of ancient Greece. (It would have been really clever of the hotel manager if he could have remembered the wi-fi code and a shower curtain would’ve been nice. And I got an electric shock from the toaster at breakfast which brought on a minor cardiac arrest).
‘Buy a bloody guide book if you want a cultural experience,’ my daughter helpfully suggested, ‘just get us out of this hotel before we contract the latest global epidemic.’
We checked out and trooped into a four-star hotel on the beachfront in the resort of Kamani, and had a fabulous holiday. We loved it. And so when Belinda asked me to contribute a travel-related story I knew exactly where I wanted to take my characters . . . to the hazy blue Aegean and the breathtakingly beautiful island of Santorini.
So come with all the Sunlounger authors this summer, between us we will take you where ever it is that you have always wanted to go.
Molly Hopkins is the author of the It Happened series about tour guide Evie Dexter.