For a long time I got stuck in a rut of only reading historical novels about wars. These were excellent books but it meant that I wasn’t experiencing a variety of literature, nor was I expanding my knowledge of the world.
I have therefore tried to branch out and read a variety of genres. My choices are shaped by book reviews in magazines, the book of the month from independent book shops, and literature award shortlists.
It is important to know that if I start reading a book and don’t like it, I will stop. There are far too many books in the world to waste time on a book that you don’t enjoy.
My lifetime ambition is to have a house with a library. It doesn’t have to be big, it may just be a cloak room to begin with, but one day I will have a room packed full of books. I am always on the lookout for new books and celebrated authors.
In this section I want to share my enthusiasm for books in the form of book reviews, new authors and literary events.
Love Dr Emma x
Now this is tricky because I love lots of books all for different reasons. But if I was forced to choose, or was only allowed to take five books with me to space, these would probably be the ones I would choose: To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara … Continue reading My Top 5 Favourite Books
My dad sent me this article over Christmas and it was one of the best presents I received. After finishing “Go Set a Watchman” I did not think I would ever have the pleasure of reading anything else by the wonderful Harper Lee. But then I was sent this, and even though it was only … Continue reading A Little Treat
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara is one of the huge success stories of 2015. A simple tale of four best friends and their journey from university to adulthood, from innocence to the brutal realities of life, and from nobodies to somebodies. This novel was beautiful, heart wrenching and … Continue reading A Little Life – A Review
”I’m writing with my finger in the dust that falls from dreams” I had the pleasure of attending a talk by Louis de Bernières at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, last October. I was desperate to see him because Captain Corelli’s Mandolin has always been a favourite book of mine, and I was lucky enough to … Continue reading The Dust That Falls From Trees
To mark International Women’s Day, the long list for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced. Twenty books have been long listed, which will be narrowed down to six, prior to the winner being announced on 8th June 2016. I always try to keep my eye on long lists and short lists for … Continue reading Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction
Set in West Bengal, Northern India, between the early and mid 20th century, The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee, follows the lives of the Ghosh family, as they traverse the difficult terrain of economic depression, partition, and communism. This is Mukherjee’s second book, following his debut novel, A Life Apart, which was published in 2010. … Continue reading The Lives of Others
A Spool of Blue Thread is the twentieth novel by Anne Tyler, an American novelist with a vast following and a great number of awards to her name including the Pultizer Prize in 1989, the National Book Critics Circle Award and The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence. But this is the first book that … Continue reading A Spool of Blue Thread
Much to my surprise and disappointment, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagahara did not win the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. How, when it was such a wonderfully written book, did it not win this prestigious prize? Surely the winner must be a stunning piece of literature if it was capable of ousting one of … Continue reading The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney