The latest reads to devour
Novelist Sarah Waters shares the books that make her laugh, cry and think. The film The Little Stranger,
based on her best-selling novel, will be released in cinemas on 21 September. ◆ THE LAST BOOK THAT MADE ME LAUGH THE MAN WHO HAS IT ALL, which is based on the hilarious Twitter account of the same name. It parodies the patronising advice regularly thrown at ‘working mums’, offering tips to ‘career dads’ on how to be a wow in the office and at home without surrendering style, sexiness or ‘me-time’. ◆ THE LAST BOOK THAT MADE ME CRY I hardly ever cry at books, but I always have a little weep over Anna and Vronsky in ANNA KARENINA by LEO TOLSTOY. ◆ THE BOOK THAT CHANGED THE WAY I THINK MOHSIN HAMID’S beautifully imaginative novel EXIT WEST, which captures all the trauma of war, migration and enforced exile yet is ultimately full of hope. ◆ THE BOOK THAT GOT ME THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME When I suffered from insomnia a few years ago, I listened to an audio book of SWANN’S WAY in bed, in the hope that PROUST’S famously long and involved sentences would send me off to sleep. In fact, I found them so beguiling that I stayed awake to listen! But they helped get me through dark hours. ◆ THE BOOK THAT I GIVE MOST OFTEN TO OTHERS Anything by PATRICK HAMILTON, because he isn’t well-known enough, and his novels are wonderful. THE SLAVES OF SOLITUDE, a painfully funny study of wartime manners in a British boarding house, is one of his best.