Christmas Reading: Part Four

Samantha Shipman Project Worker, Get Into Reading

One of the books I will be giving this Christmas is Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine. This book has made the long list for Wirral Paperback of the Year and will hopefully be on the short list when voting closes. When reading it I couldn’t help thinking that my 14 year old cousin would love it as the main character reminded me of her.

One of the books I will be reading this Christmas is The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. My main reason for wanting to read it is that it is set in India, a country I would love to visit but know very little about. It has also won the Man Booker Prize this year and so should be a good read.

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Angela Macmillan Co-editor, The Reader

Books I am hoping to read, if someone gives them to me after all the lists I have left lying casually around the house, include Julius Winsome by Gerard Donovan, because I keep hearing good things about this tale of a man holed up in a log cabin in freezing Maine ‘working his way through his father’s library of 3,282 classics, using the wall-to-wall books as insulation – literally and metaphorically – against the prevailing conditions outside.’ Also I will need something of the nineteenth century so either Rachel Ray by Trollope or Lady Audley’s Secret, Mary Elizabeth Braddon.
A friend is convalescing after a recent operation. I have sent him Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurty’s western epic and a truly wonderful read. I never thought I would like to read westerns but this is much more than that. To a young friend of 10 years I am giving The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznic. A completely absorbing and exciting story told sometimes in narrative and sometimes in sequences of charcoal drawings. Very highly recommended for all ages from 8 onwards

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