The summer holidays are the perfect time to indulge in some relaxed reading. Shamistha de Soysa has selected her 12 favourite publications which have music at their heart, as well as a ‘best of the rest’. Spoil yourself, or treat a friend.

Women reading on the beach, 1932. State Library of South Australia, B61807, Port Noarlunga Collection

With the long, languid days of summer comes plenty of time to relax and lose yourself in a good book. So, after discussion with the Limelight Ed, I set out to select some of the most engaging publications revolving around music and musicians. As you can imagine, I had a lengthy longlist and it took a fair bit of discussion to decide what made the final cut. There are plenty of other books...