There are some books which stay with you for days, months or decades. Here are a few of my long term loves:
Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Bloody Chamber and other stories by Angela Carter
Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
How to be Good by Nick Hornby
One Summer by Bill Bryson
War Crimes for the home by Liz Jensen
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
These excellent books have stayed with me for years. If you’ve not read Birdsong then you must. Immediately. It will terrify you, make you cry and make you glad to be living in these times. For some light relief you must try Hornby for his lighthearted take on morality and doing our bit for the world. Liz Jensen deserves a post simply to focus on the fact that she is wonderfully original and every book is entirely different to the one before. In this book her narrator’s voice is real and I want to be her friend. Iris Murdoch will always fascinate. She asks the big questions within enthralling narratives populated with multi-dimensional characters.
I could go on but I have customers in the shop and must attend to my duties. See you soon!