My Fave Five Fiction and Why
So, I know the burning question on your lips from last week’s blog, is “Did ‘The Language of Flowers’ make it on to my top five favourite works of fiction list?”
Well, here’s the list…
- The Red Tent – without doubt my number one favourite book of all time. The first page was unlike anything I had ever read before and I fell in love with Dinah and the rest of the novel didn’t disappoint. Anita Diamant took an exceptionally well-known part of history and gave it a voice it had never had before – female, and a relatively unknown female figure at that. This is a vivid, fascinating tale that I just loved.
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – when I first started reading this, I thought, “oh no, a book written entirely in letters – this is going to suck.” But I loved it! I loved that Mary Ann Shaffer explored a part of WWII history I knew nothing about, without it being a ‘war’ story. I loved the characters, the plot, and…I loved the letters. And the title – 🙂
- Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – a work of women’s fiction where the characters weren’t in their twenties/thirties fumbling through life looking for Mr/Mrs Right. I loved that Major Pettigrew and Mrs Ali are both in their ‘twilight’ and that their relationship explores the whole inter-racial issue without hitting you over the head. Helen Simonson’s characterisation of Ernest Pettigrew and his village of Edgecombe St Mary is a shear delight.
- Persuasion – I suppose any Jane Austen novel could fit in here, as Austen was the first non-fantasy author I enjoyed (see number 5), but we’ll go with Persuasion as I just loved Anne. Austen was the beginning of my love of women’s fiction.
- Pawn of Prophecy – this work of fantasy doesn’t appear to fit in with the above novels, I know, but it has to be on this list. As a child I hated reading. I know it’s sacrilege for a writer to admit such a thing, but it’s true. When I was about 16, though, my father, an avid reader, handed me his copy of Pawn of Prophecy, and said, “Why not just try this?” And I was hooked!! Why hadn’t anyone told me before that novels could transport you to another world? David Eddings opened my eyes to the power of storytelling, and for that reason he belongs here. I went on to read Feist and Goodkind and Douglass and loved every word. But, I eventually tired of the fantasy genre, and that’s when my year 12 English teacher, Mrs Austen introduced me to Miss Austen (poetic right?)…and the rest is history.
Of course there are so many other novels I’ve read and LOVED over the years, but I did limit myself to five. If we were going to six, Maeve Binchy would feature, but we have to stop somewhere, right? And as I’m typing a whole bunch of other novels are coming to mind, so I’d better stop now.
And you? What are your top five novels? Yes, only five. No more.
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