Some of our favourite stars tell TV Times about the titles they’ll be taking to the seaside, on to the plane or just out to the garden this summer…

Kate Humble
“The first thing I will recommend is a Kindle. I got one for Christmas, having thought I would never read a book off a computer screen, but I travel a lot. Usually you’ve got your 23 kilos baggage allowance and I would have 18 kilos of books and then wonder why I never had any clean clothes! Now I can have all these books on this tiny thing and it looks like a book when you read it. I was in Chile in a cafe, which had wi-fi, and I thought – I can download a book! So I downloaded One Day by David Nicholls and I read it in a sitting, it was absolutely fantastic. And I’m reading Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America which, when I first started reading, I thought, ‘Hmmm, am I going to like this?”’ It’s slightly archaic language, it’s set in the 1800s… and I’ve got absolutely hooked on it. The characters are just so three-dimensional and so wonderful, he has an astonishing power of description. I’m absolutely loving his book.

“Doris Lessing’s writing and her books are just incredibly unusual. Everything she writes has more dimensions than you first think. You read a story and you feel almost compelled to read it again because you know there are things you missed the first time round. It’s like going for a walk in a woodland, reading Doris Lessing’s books. You follow the path in one way, but you realise there are other paths off in different directions. I think one of her most powerful books is The Sweetest Dream. That’s a book I can read and read and read.”

EastEnders’ Nitin Ganatra
“My summer read is Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. I read it once a year. It’s hard to get into, you struggle with the first 100 pages, but once you get past that you can’t put it down. It’s everything you want in a summer read.”

Coronation Street’s Alison King
“The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas is not my usual read, I normally go for a bit of chick-lit, something that’s easy to read before I go to sleep, but I’m really enjoy this, it’s something different.”

Popstar to Operastar’s Ricardo Villazon
“My recommendation for the summer if you go to the beach and want to have a nice, wonderful reading, is Leonora Carrington’s The Hearing Trumpet. She just passed away this year and she was an extraordinary artist, a very complete artist, a surrealist, and it is a fantastic novel. I will just say what the [Spanish film director] Luis Bunuel thought about it: ‘Reading The Hearing Trumpet liberates us from the miserable reality of our days.'”

Midsomer Murders’ Neil Dudgeon
“Well, summer holidays for me with two small children don’t usually equal a lot of time for reading. However, when I do get time off from Midsomer, I will be reading the Lord Peter Wimsey stories by Dorothy L. Sayers. They are richly written in such beautiful English. The period and style are Twenties and Thirties, but they are more modern than you think. I like to read how other detectives are solving crime.”

Eamonn Holmes
“Well, I find the best-selling autography Eamonn Holmes: This is My Life is well worth packing away for the on holiday or putting on your iPad! I only ever read factual books, I never read fiction, and I’ve just finished a Alex Ferguson biography and I’ve just started on a Richard Burton biography.”

This Morning’s Ruth Langsford
“I’ve actually already got my collection of books, which I haven’t started yet, they’re Richard and Judy Book Club books. Whenever I get a book club recommendation of theirs I always really enjoy it and it’s really interesting lots of people on Twitter often recommend books to me so I have a pile of them. I never seem to get around to reading very much apart from when I’m on holiday.”

My Family’s Zoe Wanamaker
“Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are books I always go back to. I love the fantasy life, the imagination of Lewis Carroll. I’m reading a lot of Chekov at the moment and a lot of Russian History. I’m also reading a book by a friend of mine, Claire Peake. She is the daughter of Mervyn Peake, who was the author of Gormenghast. She’s written a book called Under a Canvas Sky: Living Outside Gormenghast, which is about her childhood. I’m a great fan of Gormenghast.”

Emmedale’s Sammy Winward
“I have loved reading the Shardlake series by CJ Samson. It’s crime fiction set in the 16th Century and the books are based around a fictional character, but by reading the novels I’ve learned a lot about history. There are five in the series and I’ve just finished the last one, Heartstone. It was brilliant and I couldn’t put it down. This summer holiday I am looking forward to reading One Day by David Nicholls. I’ve had it recommended to me and I like the sound of it.”

Alan Titchmarsh
“Getting into a hefty biography is a real treat. Last year it was William Shawcross’s Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, but this summer I fancy tackling Hugo Vickers’ tome on Wallis Simpson, Behind Closed Doors, which shows the other side of the coin! I like to read in the garden or in a little summerhouse if the weather is a bit iffy.”