For personal reference, really. Shortly after I finished my degree in English Lit, I discovered it was suddenly very hard to read for fun. However over the last few months I seem to have shed most of the reading fatigue – here are the some of the most recent favourites:
Nicole Cooke – The Breakaway – Huge insight into women’s racing and British Cycling. A little too detailed on the race accounts, but incredible attention to detail.
Chris Cleave – Gold – Heart wrenching page turner.
E.M. Forster – Room with a View
Karen Joy Fowler – We are all completely beside ourselves – Gripping – the end reveals a secret that would have changed your perception of the events had you known, which makes you question a lot in itself
Sheila Heti – How Should a Person Be – Bizarre. Messy in the best way, and very consciously set in the modern day.
Joanne Harris – Chocalat Passion on paper. Will make you want hot chocolate
James Joyce – Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Caitlin Moran – Mornaology Inspiration and guidance for any would be columnist. Or just good fun.
Caitlin Moran – How to Build a Girl Modern day feminism, with a narrative.
George Orwell – Coming Up for Air (+ basically anything Orwell)
Daphne Du Maurier – Rebecca
Professor Steve Peters – The Chimp Paradox A must read for anyone who has ever suffered a crisis of confidence, or felt irrationally angry. So all of us.
Michael Phelps – No Limits
Sylvia Plath – The Bell Jar Sad, yes – but beautiful in every way
Graham Rawle – Woman’s World
Jon Ronson – The Psychopath Test Incredible dedication from an incredible journalist and writer, a huge wealth of research which creates an inisghtful read
Sue Townsend – The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year Laugh out loud, but funny too – a reminder to appreciate people around you
Chissie Wellington – A Life Without Limits
Virginia Woolf – EVERYTHING