All you need for the perfect summer holiday

Top travel tips, ideal poolside reading, the best (and worst) of this summer’s culture — and an ice-cold gin & tonic

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Arts and business leaders share their best holiday memories — and their top travel tips

From the populist revolt to Arundhati Roy’s return, FT writers and guests select their books of the year so far

From Baywatch to Justin Bieber, we discuss the best (and worst) of the silly season’s film and music

Perfect your cocktail technique with some simple, summery tips