Best books… Nadiya Hus­sain

Win­ner Nadiya Hus­sain picks her top nov­els. She will talk about her life and book, at Strat­ford Art­sHouse on 30 Nov for the Strat­ford Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val Au­tumn Se­ries (www.stratl­it­

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Great Bri­tish Bake Off

by Alice Se­bold, 2002 (Pi­cador £8.99). I was about 16 when a Water­stones opened in our town, and this was the first book I picked up. I was so en­grossed, I read it at work in a six-hour shift. It is told by the ghost of a young girl who was mur­dered and watches from heaven as her fam­ily fall apart. It’s a dif­fer­ent take on a crime.

The Lovely Bones Un­der­ground to Canada

Nadiya’s Kitchen, by Bar­bara Smucker, 1977 (Pen­guin £6.99). We read this at school. It fol­lows two young slave girls who run away from a cot­ton plan­ta­tion to the safety of Canada. It was an in­sight into some­thing I knew noth­ing about. The sus­pense nearly killed me, so I found it in the li­brary and fin­ished it be­fore the next les­son.

The Last Days of Rab­bit Hayes

by Anna McPartlin, 2014 (Black Swan £7.99). An in­sight­ful and touch­ing novel about the last days in the life of a feisty sin­gle mother. For a book about ter­mi­nal can­cer, it’s sur­pris­ingly cheery. There’s noth­ing bet­ter than an Ir­ish au­thor who can drop the F-bomb in ev­ery para­graph.

by Carolyn Keene (out of print). Keene was a pseu­do­nym for var­i­ous male and fe­male writ­ers of this se­ries, which sur­prised me when I found out be­cause I thought a fierce young wo­man was writ­ing For out-of-print books visit www.bib­

The Best of Nancy Drew

them. I wanted to be just like Nancy, the teenage de­tec­tive.

by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1937 (HarperCollins £7.99). I read this, in my fi­nal year of school, be­cause my cousin was read­ing it. I love rec­om­men­da­tions. The way the tale is told is so mys­te­ri­ous and you feel trans­ported into a dif­fer­ent di­men­sion.

The Hob­bit

by David Wal­liams, 2011 (HarperCollins £6.99). I laughed out loud at this book. I love David Wal­liams’s hu­mour, but he also looks at real-life is­sues. It’s about a grandma who feels out of touch with her grand­son so con­vinces him she’s a jewel thief. Ge­nius.

Gangsta Granny

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