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Favourite recent(ish) reads

J. Richards "Daisy the Vicar's Daughter"
 
Too Close to the Falls: A Memoir
Too Close to the Falls: A Memoir
"A fabulous memoir; funny and very poignant at times."
Holy Fools
Holy Fools
"This is a great book to read in the winter as it's full of sunshine and lavender as well as being a cracking story."
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
"The best book I read in 2005."
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
"Very different to what I usually read but brillIant. The threads of the different narratives come together unexpectedly. It made a real impression on me."
Mr Golightly's Holiday
Mr Golightly's Holiday
"Read this a while ago but it is so good, real soul food."
Falling Angels
Falling Angels
"Love all her stuff but I think this is my favourite - at least it is today! She seems to capture the Victorian sensibility perfectly."
The Love of Stones
The Love of Stones
"Again, another real favourite author of mine. This is the first of his that I read and it taught me a lot, especially about the history of the middle east."
Starter For Ten
Starter For Ten
"I laughed out loud reading this - and missed being an undergraduate until I finsied reading it!"
The Wise and Foolish Virgins
The Wise and Foolish Virgins
"I loved this; uncomfortable in places but a really inventive novel."
Flying Under Bridges
Flying Under Bridges
"She is wonderful, both as a broadcaster and as a writer."
Eden Close
Eden Close
"I love all her novels but this is especially good. She captures places and times of day so well."
Saint Maybe
Saint Maybe
"My favourite writer - ever. Impossible to chose a favourite book by her so you'll just have to read them all. It's also a favourite of Colin Firth's & he writes more eloquently about it than I could."
Shade
Shade
"This is a great novel, proving that Neil Jordan can work with sensitivity and style in prose as well as on film."
The Spire
The Spire
"This is a book I expect to read again and again; his descriptions are almost impossibly rich and need revisiting."