One title on the list:
The Beach by Alex GarlandRead about another swimming scene on Mullan's list.
Never in literature or life has so much time and energy been dedicated to finding a nice spot for a swim. Garland's novel about cool but doomed backpackers in Thailand is memorable for the exit from the perfect beach they have discovered – an underwater swim that makes all sensitive readers think they are about to drown.
The Beach also appears on the Guardian editors' list of the 50 best summer reads ever.