I love reading and sometimes wish I had another body which could dedicate itself to doing just that! Not the case unfortunately, so I squeeze books in when I can. Anyhoo, the other day I stumbled upon a fantastic quote from Roald Dahl…
"A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."
Firstly, it made me think just how much I adore him! His writing is absolutely magical and if you ever have five minutes to spare, Google his quotes because they’re ALL really inspirational! (My step-grandmother used to type up all his manuscripts, a claim to fame I discovered only recently. I wish I knew this when I was little!)
Secondly, I then got thinking about my favourite authors, books etc. Roald Dahl has always been and will forever be one of them, but for the last ten years or so, I’ve been really enjoying the work of Maggie O'Farrell. Her writing style is superb and the twists and emotions that you go on with her books are fantastic. Once I start reading them I can’t put them down, my entire world comes to a grinding halt (I love it!).
Her latest was no exception, I took it to Dubai with us at Easter. It’s called 'The Hand That First Held Mine' and if you’re looking for a summer read I’d HIGHLY recommend it. Easy going but intense, not highbrow yet cleverly written (I should warn you her style is a tad unorthodox, ie: she changes speed, decade and entire plot in the middle of a sentence sometimes!)
There’s no coasting or you’ll miss a vital piece of information, which won’t make sense until you get to the end! It’s got everything and a little bit more that you want from a good summer holiday read. I couldn’t recommend it enough.
If you have any other great recommendations, feel free to leave them in the comments below for myself and for others too – like our own little mini book club for this summer!
Hope life is well for you,
July 21, 2017 By Katy Pullinger