Life has changed a lot since I last blogged. One thing, however, will always remains the same: the simple joy of a good read. Here’s everything I’ve enjoyed lately…
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Part social commentary, part smouldering romance, there’s nothing old-fashioned about this classic nineteenth century novel. Gritty, passionate and truly un-put-downable.
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
A spellbinding glimpse into one family’s history. It’s told from many perspectives and all the different stories are stitched together beautifully. Quirky and unexpected, yet completely believable.
The Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
This is a nice bit of escapism that’s perfect for hot summer nights. Set in 1930s America, Nick and Lily’s story will sweep you away in a steamy cloud of romance.
Knight Crusader by Ronald Welch
This historical children’s novel is a classic from the 1950s. I read it at the same time as my 9-year-old and we both loved it. The plot jogs along very nicely and you learn a lot along the way.
Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
A witty autobiographical account of life with small children in 1950s Vermont. Very funny, but also surprisingly touching. Also contains some excellent cats.