Four Books You Think Everyone Should Read & Why
Four Letters of Love by Niall Williams – beautiful writing, lovely story all about the different kinds of love we feel. Emotive and just a book you want to immerse yourself in as so full of gorgeous prose!
The Home Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher – written in 1924 this is about a family in crisis – a fascinating story about social conventions and expectations as much as family, parenting, professions and relationships – accessible and hugely enjoyable. It will stay with you.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. As an English Teacher I really genuinely love this book. It’s so short yet says so much. Just has to be an absolute must read!
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins – the first author to really develop the crime fiction genre and really experiment with narratives and several character’s points of views. A complex yet gripping tale! One of the original page turners!
Four of Your Favourite Children’s Books
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt – read as a young teenager and the main protagonist Dicey, made a huge impression on me
Goodnight Mr Tom – one of the first really “long” books I read. I have also taught this book a lot and the film still makes me cry….
Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book – Julia Donaldson – alright, not my childhood book, but my favourite book to read to my children!
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“War Horse” by Michael Morpurgo. This is the first book I remember having an animated conversation about on the way to school – the beginnings of my bibliomaniac future!
Four Books You’d Like to See Made into a Film
The Collector by John Fowles – this might have been done already but I’m sure it would benefit from a re-make, especially considering the new phenomena of the grip lit genre!
The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine – children’s fiction but would be visually stunning and a great thing to watch! As would Robin Stevens’ series Murder Most Unladylike
Any of Dorothy Whipple’s novels – a favourite of mine from Persephone publishing – classic, rediscovered fiction = great characters and great stories – and who doesn’t love a costume drama?
The Magpies by Mark Edwards – can see this as a great ITV Sunday night drama!
Four Favourite Book Characters
Biddy Weir from The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir by Leslie Allen
Martha from the Finding of Martha Lost by Caroline
Mina from My Name is Mina by David Almond
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice