A top read – brilliant book, this!
20. ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Where and what is Biafra? Mention that name to anyone in my generation, and the image that springs to mind immediately is of starving children in refugee camps, victims of yet another African famine or […]
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 […]
18. ‘Sea Glass’ by Anita Shreve.
I’m going to start by saying that I have never read any of Anita Shreve’s books before. My personal taste tends to run on a different course, but that said, I did enjoy this novel, […]
17. A Fine Balance’ by Rohinton Mistry.
Unusually, I am proud to say that this is a book I recommended and gave to Mum. Particularly after she had retired from being a primary school teacher, it was more often the case that […]
17. ‘Testament of Youth’ by Vera Brittain.
What a remarkable experience this book this has been. I readily confess, I found it quite hard to read, but have been unable to stop thinking about it ever since. It is by no means […]
16. ‘The heart goes last’ by Margaret Atwood.
I can’t help it – I see a Margaret Atwood and I simply have to read it! And I think that since the TV adaptation of the Handmaids Tale, more and more people are realising […]
15. ‘A Girl in Winter’ by Philip Larkin.
This book has taken me a while to digest, despite not being an especially long book. Philip Larkin is primarily known for his poetry, but this is a most beautifully written, mysterious, puzzling, and evocative […]
8. ‘The American Boy’ by Andrew Taylor.
Goodness me, what a good read this was on several levels! Published in 2003 and bought by Mum two years later, it impressed me so much with the attention to period detail as well as […]