She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live. Annie Dillard hit the nail on the head with that one. Because whether it’s to escape, to inform, to inspire, or to just turn off the world, I love getting lost in a good book… Here has what has taken my mind on many a journey in 2020.
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Masterfully conceived and executed, this haunting vision of the future places Margaret Atwood at the forefront of dystopian fiction.
Talking to Strangers –
How do we make sense of the unfamiliar? Why are we so bad at judging someone, reading a face, or detecting a lie? Why do we so often fail to ‘get’ other people? Gladwell sets out to understand why we act the way we do, and how we all might know a little more about those we don’t.
Ask Again, Yes –
Mary Beth Keane
A profoundly moving novel about two neighbouring families in a suburban town, the bond between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, the daily intimacies of marriage, and the power of forgiveness.
The Dutch House –
Indelibly poignant in its long unspooling perspective on family life, The Dutch House brilliantly captures how time undoes all certainties.
The Widow Clicquot –
Tilar J. Mazzeo
A sweeping oenobiography of Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin AND the story of a woman who was a smashing success long before anyone conceptualised the glass ceiling.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
The Dud Avocado follows the romantic and comedic adventures of a young American who heads overseas to conquer Paris in the late 1950s. Charming, sexy, and hilarious, The Dud Avocado gained instant cult status when it was first published and it remains a timeless portrait of a woman hell-bent on living.