As you can see, there are a wide range of titles from a selection of different authors spanning decades of literary history.Take a look through the list… are there any books you’re a big fan of?
My favourite book is The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. This is a collection of stories which are a subversive reimagining of traditional fairy tales. It is a really interesting exploration of the Gothic genre and of feminism. – Faizan Sadiq
My favourite books pre-teens was Enid Blyton’s St Clare series and Mallory books. I would find escapism into the world of the girls at boarding school and obtained many ideas of what pranks to pull on my teachers at school! – Tracey Allsopp
Bob Mortimers autobiography called “ and away “, This is a very interesting book showing the other side of funny man Bob Mortimer, showing how it dealt with life and personal tragedy and major health issues and his career as a solicitor and his friendships throughout his career. Grant Povey
My favourite book when I was a child was The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
The reason why this was my favourite book was because when the children were evacuated during the war and went to live in the countryside, they were exploring the house and came across a big wardrobe and when they stepped in the wardrobe, they found themselves in another world which was full of adventure and imagination. Fantastic book. – Dianne Hooper
The Five People you meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom.
Simply beautifully written.
Or anything by Agatha Christie – childhood memories in my grandparents garden reading them on the hammock – Tania Hings
My favourite book is Lamentation by CJ Sansom.
It is the sixth book in the Shardlake series, about a lawyer in the Tudor period who seems to spend more time solving crimes than he does in a courtroom. This book sees him spending time with Katherine Parr, Henry VIII most successful wife (well, she wasn’t divorced beheaded or died!) and the intrigues surrounding her Book of Lamentations. The bubbling troubles around Court, Protestants and Catholics struggling for the King’s soul, questions about women’s abilities/rights to religious opinions all add to Shardlake’s headaches in this chapter of his life. Historically accurate and very well written, worthy of a visit to the library, or a download for a treat to your ears on a long journey
If you are new to this series, start at the beginning with Dissolution, which sees the start of the end of Monasteries and Convents in England with a nice body count thrown in. – Liz Miles
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
This is a book that I first came across at school. I studied it for A level, and I remember one night when I was behind with my homework sneaking away and reading the whole thing cover to cover overnight! It is very difficult to separate the opening chapters from Charlotte’s early school life, or indeed the early death of her sisters, Maria and Elizabeth.
The three remaining Bronte sisters decided to write a book each, after having spent time as children writing with their brother Branwell stories on tiny scraps of paper, which were all that was available. Wuthering Heights, the Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and Jayne Eyre were the result. Their father said “ Charlotte has written a book, and it is much better than likely”. That was not so generous for a work that is still read 175 years on!
The book has been made into numerous films, and the story of the first Mrs Rochester was by re worked Jean Rhys in Wide Sargasso Sea, another favourite. The Parsonage Museum in Haworth is still popular, and the “Bronte Country” provides local employment, which is more than can be said for many Victorian novelists! Oh yes, and Jane Eyre comes with the famous line “Reader, I married him” – Matthew Hall
The last books I actually read was the Geronimo Stilton books when I was younger – for reference I have put a pic of him below. I used to love these as each book was a new adventure! and you could see how many cheeses you could find throughout the book. – Molly Clarke
Lord of the Ring: The Fellowship of the Ring
The book is a tale about perseverance regardless of the difficulty of the journey ahead. – Sophie Brookes
50 shades of grey- as this helped me unlock my hidden feelings – Anonymous
Authors for me have to be Lynda La Plante or Martina Cole. For something less dramatic the author Jane Green is a lovely read. – Julie Maguire
Favourite Book – Sir Alex Ferguson’s Autobiography
Sir Alex is solely responsible for Manchester United’s change from a conventional football club to what is now an global business enterprise and he has never failed to move with the times. It was directly due to his vision, energy and capability that he was able to build teams both on and off the pitch. He was a man-manager of remarkable skill and knowhow.
His book is really a piece of oral history, and his life is a great example of when a working-class man of talent could, not by the backing of an elite education or the benefits of celebrity status, but by a lifetime of hard work, dedication and hard thinking, rise to the very top and remain true to the world he came from. – Tej Rai