A little while ago, fellow Indie author Clare Davidson interviewed me and asked for ten desert island books. I thought I would share five of them again here, just because I can. You never know, I might share the other five with you tomorrow…
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
I LOVE this book. I’m always telling people how much I love it. Set in England against World War II, it follows the progress of teenager David, who has just lost his mother to cancer. Shortly afterwards his father meets another woman and a relationship blossoms, one that David finds it hard to accept. What follows seemingly sets up as a tale of familial conflict, but soon takes the reader by complete surprise. Fleeing an argument, David finds himself trapped behind a wall as a plane crashes in his garden and the only escape is a portal to world of every fairy tale he has ever been told by his mother. This book makes me cry. A lot.
Harry Potter by J K Rowling
Sorry, this one is a cheat, as I have to take all seven books. I’m not even going to bother going over the tale of The Chosen One because unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last twelve years, you’ll already be as obsessed with it as I am.
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson has such a lively, inquisitive mind and his writing is so funny that even if you’re not remotely interested in what a quark is (but I don’t mind admitting that I am) you’ll still love this book. An engaging, refreshing take on what makes our world tick.
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain by John O’Farrell
Another funny one, because by now I’m so sick of coconuts and watching for ships that I’ll need a good laugh. John O’Farrell’s hilarious account of what made Britain the place it is today is full of lines like this:
410: Goths overrun Western Roman Empire. Romans forced to wear black and listen to Marilyn Manson.
The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
This is the story of Merlin as a boy, and quite clearly the inspiration for the BBC show. There’s a whole series of these books, following Merlin into his adult life and chronicling his role in Arthur’s birth and the building of Camelot, but this book is my favourite and easy enough to read alone. Merlin starts as a real underdog, an outsider child manipulated by the adults that are supposed to care for him, and you’re desperate to see him come into his power. It doesn’t always go to plan, but that just makes it a more interesting read.