Staff Favourites

We thought it would be fun to have a page of our favourite books of all time. We may change these as we read another title that becomes our favourite book.

So here goes;

Morag‘s favourite book is A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

I love this book because it is full of Dickensian description so vivid you can smell, taste and completely see what is being described. Set in India during the emergency, it follows the fortunes of a foursome who are thrown together to share a small house. It is totally absorbing, I didn’t want to finish it and the characters stay with you long after the book is finished.

Sheryl‘s favourite books are The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy ‘I just love the insight into India’

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver ‘the things that are done in the name of religion!’

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Stephanie‘s Favourite Books ‘I can’t possibly narrow it down to one book. Please may I have 2? ‘

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – I’ve loved this since my teens and read it so many times, that I’ve now forgotten why I originally fell for it. I love it now for its comfort and familiarity. My view of the book has changed so much over the years, as my understanding of the characters has developed. To my teenage self Mrs Rochester was just an obstacle and an inconvenience. Now, I find her far more interesting. I’d love to know her story.

Emma by Jane Austen – perfect chicklit.

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence, a work of genius, with my experience of reading it so enormously enhanced by having met the author when he came to the library to talk about the book. What a treat.

Helen‘s favourite book Four Letters of Love by Niall Williams. A beautiful,evocative,poetic story of tragedy and love set in Ireland. Many,many read out loud moments

Gillian‘s favourite book Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido for sheer enjoyment and bringing a smile just thinking about it.

Janet‘s favourite book is also The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, a book narrated by the women in a family taken by their autocratic father to live in the Belgian Congo. The different voices recounting the same events is fascinating, a great read.

I also loved Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, the unlikely story of an opera singer asked to perform at a business conference in a small African country for an important Japanese guest. The performance is invaded by guerrilla forces and the ensuing lock in creates fantastic relationships and a gripping story

Maggie‘s favourite book is Daniel Deronda by Geoge Eliot Powerful thoughtful storytelling about one’s assumptions

her other most favourite is Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith Brilliant crime novel written in 1950 and as full of suspense as anything I have ever read. Could hardly bear to read on it was so full of suspense

Carole A Fine Balance would also be my first choice and keeping with the Indian theme I also loved Shantaram by Gregory James Thomas a more contemporary tale of an Australian who has broken out of prison and ended up living in the slums of Bombay.

Also have to mention The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini which I read on honeymoon and my husband could not understand why I was crying so much! And I’m gong to sneak in This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson -a truly mesmerising tale based on the true story of Captain Robert Fitroy who set sail in The Beagle with Charles Darwin