Books We Love
Books We Love;
The Ninth Child, You Will Be Safe Here & more…
A round up of our most recent recommendations for grownups…
The Ninth Child by Sally Magnusson
Sally Magnusson is back with a new work of historical fiction, this time set in Scotland. The Ninth Child transports us to the 18th Century and the building of the Loch Katrine Waterworks. The story follows Issy, whose doctor husband has relocated them to support those constructing the waterworks. Desperate for a child, Issy despairs about her place in the world as a woman who has been unable to have children. Meanwhile, the locals worry that all of the digging may disturb the faerie kingdoms beneath…
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Wild is Courtney’s favourite memoir of all time. Cheryl Strayed explores grief, love, loss and the redemptive power of nature through the retelling of her time hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Following the death of her beloved mother, a twenty-something Strayed went, by her own definition, off the rails. In an attempt to find herself again, she decided to attempt the PCT, a long distance trail that extends from the Mexican border all the way to Canada. Tears and laughter ensue. This is ultimately a hugely uplifting and inspiring book.
The Five by Hallie Rubenhold
This is not a book about Jack the Ripper. It is about Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Kate and Mary-Jane, the five women killed by the Ripper in 1888. For 130 years we have been told that they were “just prostitutes” (which was, in fact, not even true of four of the women), not worthy of further investigation or empathy. Rubenhold has changed that forever with this book. Meticulously researched and passionately told, this is a gripping read.
You Will Be Safe Here by Damian Barr
This debut novel, now out in paperback, was inspired by the true story of 15 year old Raymond Buys. Set in South Africa, during the height of the second Boer War in 1901 and then more recently in 2010, the novel depicts the history of this troubled nation whilst also exploring our capacity for cruelty and kindness.
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Lockdown has encouraged lots of people to revisit old favourites, for me, this is the one. Set in India during Partition, you know it’s not going to be without pain, but the writing and storytelling is just out of this world, you can hear the singsong language almost as though it’s being read to you. If you haven’t already discovered it, I urge you to read this remarkable book.