Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Great Summer Reads

I've been asked to take part in an author promotion that Waterstones are running here in Bath. They're asking all the local authors to nominate their favourite book, and to write a short piece about it - I think there's going to be a display of them at the front of the shop which is quite exciting (especially as the local authors' books will be up there in the display too - result!).

My choice is The Magus by John Fowles. I find it so hard to pick an absolute favourite as so much depends on mood etc, but this has got to be up there as one of the books I have most enjoyed reading and it sprang to mind (sprang? sprung?) as a Great Summer Read, worthy of that front-of-shop place. I remember being dazzled by it first time around, mesmerised by the twists and mysteries, never quite knowing what to believe or expect next. When I think of it now, I think of bright blue Greek island skies, heat, intrigue and illusion. And I know I did that (rather dangerous) reading-whilst-walking-along-the-street thing with it, loath to put it down - which is always a sign of a fab book. I'm reading it again now and feel swept along by it already.

So... what would you have picked? What would you recommend? Which book would you want up there in the front of Waterstones as a book that you'd love others to pick up and read?

9 comments:

Pacha said...

'Caramelo' by Sandra Cisneros...


I love Fowles but have never read The Magnus...and I must.

(dangerous, reading when walking? try reading when driving...alas, I have done this...I should be locked away --- with lots of books to keep me company though! actually sounds rather appealing)

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

The Bone People by Keri Hulme. My all-time favourite novel.

Lucy Diamond said...

Hi Pacha - I have never heard of this book (shame on me) but will seek it out from nosiness now.
Reading when driving - oh no! Tell me this was on a deserted country road at 2 mph please!
PS getting locked away with lots of books sounds like a blissful holiday to me...

Zinnia - oh, I loved that book today. Haven't read it for years though, must re-read it.

Lucy Diamond said...

I mean - I loved that book TOO not today! Trying to type too fast...

Dumdad said...

That is such a tough call. I read so many authors and love them all.

Where to start? Off the top of my head, I could choose anything from Graham Greene (The Quiet American, perhaps), Anthony Burgess (Earthly Powers), William Boyd (An Ice-cream War), Kingsley Amis (The Green man) or something from his son.

I'd probably go for Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh as I re-read this every four years or so.

Lucy Diamond said...

Dumdad, do you know, I've never read Brideshead Revisited. Shocking eh. I saw the trailer for the new film of it the other day and it looks great. Must read the book quick before that comes out!

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