| What are your 5 favourite books, and why?
Hard to narrow it down to five but here are some of my favourite books by writers I worship:
The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald because he connects places with history in the most extraordinary, enlightening and moving way.
Holes by Louis Sachar. A book for any age of reader. Dialogue that grips you by the throat and a narrative of great inventiveness and surprise.
Restoration by Rose Tremain. For me, Rose Tremain’s writing is like poetry, I want to savour every word and learn passages by heart, like songs. I love Tremain’s boldness in how she uses her imagination and allows us to know others’ experiences.
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. I like a book to transport me somewhere else. Proulx’s writing does that for me so forcefully I can feel the salt on my lips.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Her characters are perfectly drawn and her emotional dramas subtle and complete.
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