My Favourite Books

Unfinished thoughts on the books that influenced the writer, and person, I am…
I can’t remember exactly when I started reading or writing. I distinctly remember learning to read: ‘m’ ‘y’ my, I suppose I was 5 or 6? I also remember my ‘Janet and John’ books, I still have some of them. I suppose I was 6-7 by then. Then it’s a blur until I started going to the local library when I read Paddington Bear Books (Michael Bond), and The Famous Five series (Enid Blyton), I also remember reading The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, (C. S Lewis) Peter Pan (J. M. Barrie)and Alice in Wonderland , (Lewis Carroll) and The Railway Children (Edith Nesbit), Black Beauty (Anne Sewell),   Little Women  (Louisa May Alcott).


Books I’ve read…

I soon moved on to Baroness Orczy’s Scarlett Pimpernel and Dicken’s Tale of Two Cities, and others by Dickens; Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. After that it’s all confused blur of hundreds of classics by authors such as: Jane Austen, The Bronte’s, Daphne du Maurier, Wilkie Collins, Hardy, Arnold Bennet, Trollope, Thackeray, Mark Twain, Victor Hugo, Tolstoi…

I remember reading Shakespeare in my first years at Secondary School. I’ll never forget the first play I saw: Twelfth Night, which will always be my favourite and the title of my second novel: Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall. After that I read Hamlet, King Lear, Othello… Later came the Sonnets and the long poems, Lucrecia, one of my favourites…

The theatre was always present: Restoration comedies such as The Countery Wife (Wycherly), Moliere’s Malade Imaginaire, Chekov’s Cherry Orchard… Then we move on to the 20th century, An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestly, was the first contemporary playwright I can remember reading, and the Americans such as: Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, and there came many more such as, John Osborne, Tom Stoppard…

Poetry was always present, too, in poetry Anthologies, including the classics, such as: Elizabeth Barrat-Browining, Tennyson, Keats, Wordswoth, Shelley, Byron… as well as 20th century poets such as: The War poets, especially Rupert Brooke, and Auden, T. S. Elliot…
When I started my French ‘A’ Levels and after spending a year in Amiens, I read (in French) exisitentialists such as Camus, Sartre and Beauvoir. I have a very soft spot for Albert Camus, who has always been my favourite author. L’Etranger helped me ‘grow up’ intellectually. I’m looking forward to rereading it…

In recent years I’m doing a lot of rereading the classics as well as reading new books by established authors and recently I’m very keen on self-published and indie-authors like myself. I’m especially keen on historical fiction, romance, and thrillers and detective fiction.
I’ve organised this page in three parts: Books which have had an impact on my literary persona, and those which I have liked, and therefore recommend. This means I am rereading many of the classics and therefore reinterpreting my impressions, which is an enriching albeit traumatic experience.

I love reading other contemporary authors so I’ve also added my review policy, in case you’d like me to read your novel and offer an honest review.




2 thoughts on “My Favourite Books

  1. First of all I would like to say superb blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask
    if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing.
    I have had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out.
    I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are
    usually wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints?
    Appreciate it!


    1. Thank you for dropping by and your positive comment 🙂
      To answer your question, before I actually sit down and write, I usually have some notes or ideas, which I have previously organised on my mind. So I never write into a blank page. There’s always a reason to write. It could be a few words, randomly jotted ideas, or a proper text.
      Where do the ideas come from? I guess I would need a whole book to answer that question!


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