Massive, meaty, magnificent.
98. ‘Cold Mountain’ by Charles Frazier.
This has to be one of my all time favourite books, and I know Mum loved it too, although this is not her copy but one I spotted in a local charity shop recently and […]
94. ‘The Professors House’ by Willa Cather
A completely new author for me, and one I’m thrilled to have stumbled across; I bought this at the rather wonderful Harry Hartog’s book shop and it is delightful. I’ve found myself reading a lot […]
92. ‘City of Girls’ by Elizabeth gilbert.
If you know me, you’ll know that ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ is right up there as one of my least liked books, and as a result, I haven’t read anything else from this author…until now! This […]
91. The Underground Railroad by colson whitehead
Without a doubt one of the most powerful books I have ever read. I was loaned this recently with the warning that it was unsettling, in fact deeply disturbing, and I pass these words on […]
76. ‘The Thunderbolt Kid’ by Bill Bryson.
I do love Bill Bryson, and so did Mum. His sense of humour sometimes feels more British that American – very dry and acerbic – perhaps because he lived in the UK for a long […]
67. ‘Beloved’, by Toni Morrison
Without a doubt, one of the most powerful, devastating, moving and eye-opening novels I have ever read in my life. This book astonished me the first time I read it, back in the 90’s, and […]
51. ‘The Little Friend’ by Donna Tartt
The photo above is the message Mum wrote in the front of this copy when she sent it to me in Australia in 2003. Published in 2002, ten long years of waiting since Mum and […]
37. ‘The Secret History’ by Donna Tartt.
‘The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation’.
19. ‘Gladys Revisited’ by Sandi Toksvig.
I’m a big fan of Sandi Toksvig on the TV, as was Mum. She is fast and funny, with a wicked sense of humour, and last year did a marvellous job becoming one of the […]