Books

 

For my recent big birthday my husband, Brian, gave me a pair of beautiful bronze bookends in the shape of Art Deco ladies.  Too lovely to bury in the bookcase, I put them near the window in the lounge room and filled them with some of my favourite books.

Any of these would make delicious weekend reading.  They are:
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell.  My favourite book and the one I have read more times than any other.  Durrell’s account of his childhood spent on the island of Corfu is filled with the most wonderful descriptions and characters, both human and animal. This version, found in the second-hand bookshop in Queenscliff, is illustrated and contains photos of the Durrell family which makes it even more special.

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak’s hauntingly beautiful tale set in Nazi Germany in 1939.  Zusak’s lyrical writing is enclosed in a hard-cover book which is just as lovely.  It’s inscribed, ‘Dear Barbara. Here’s to love, colour and books…’

The God of Small Things.  Arundhati Roy won the 1997 Booker Prize for this novel which is exquisite in its story-telling.
William Goldman’s The Princess Bride. Just because it’s silly and wonderful.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll with illustrations by Sir John Tenniel.  Macmillan reissued the two Alice books in 1991 for the 125th Anniversary of their publication and they are delightful. 

Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet, everyone’s favourite Australian novel and a joy to read and reread.
Lucy Christopher is my step-daughter and Flyaway is her second novel.  A gentle story of love and hope.  Flyaway and Lucy’s first novel, Stolen, were both nominated for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

Barb Hughes

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