World Book Day

28th February 2023

To celebrate world book day on the 2nd of March we thought we’d share our favourite books with you:

James – The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

A story that unfolds beautifully as you are recounted the tale of Kvothe, a musician, magician, writer and lover. Kvothe has done it all, and done it better. But who is telling you this story?

Lorraine – Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl.

It was the first book I bought myself with my own money at a school book fair and I read it cover to cover many times. I loved the thought of how he and his family lived under the ground and how cunning he was, also the contrast in the characters of the farmers.

Eleanor – Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy

Shortly after her tenth birthday, Dervla Murphy decided to cycle to India. Almost 20 years later, she set out to achieve her ambition. Her epic journey began during the coldest winter in memory, taking her through Europe, Persia, Afghanistan, over the Himalayas to Pakistan, and into India.

Edwina – Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

The novel follows the Pasha family: twin siblings Aneeka and Parvaiz and their older sister Isma, who has raised them in the years since the death of their mother; their jihadi father, whom the twins never knew, is also dead. Parvaiz attempts to follow in his father’s footsteps by joining ISIS in Syria. He soon decides he has made a serious mistake and his twin sister attempts to help him return to Britain, in part through her romantic relationship with Eamonn Lone, son of British Home Secretary Karamat Lone, who has built his political career on his rejection of his own Muslim background. The effort to bring Parvaiz home fails when he is shot to death trying to escape ISIS, then Eamonn and Aneeka, trying to return Parvaiz’s body to the UK over the objections of Karamat Lone, die in a terrorist attack

It’s really not a depressing book!

Veronique – Gaining Ground by Joan Barfoot.

The book raises important questions about the role of women in society to this day (mainly caretaker and nurturer).

I like reading it as I often wish I could lead a simpler life, more in rhythm with nature. The setting also reminds me of times in my childhood when we lived on the edge of a village in rural France. It is beautifully written with some gorgeous, vivid descriptions.

Also, on the week of the 23rd of April we will be running a competition to win one of 160 copies of The Agatha Christie short stories (160 copies)- this time in celebration of World Book Night!