kate’s life in six books

The Sunday Telegraph - Stella - - MY BOOKSHELF -

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

I read this in my 20s, alone in a house. It’s about vam­pires that tap on the win­dow, and I swear some­thing tapped on the win­dow.

The Pay­ing Guests by Sarah Waters

This is per­fect his­tor­i­cal fic­tion –

with all of its de­tail, it sends shiv­ers through you when you read it.

Cold Com­fort Farm Stella Gib­bons

This is my go-to com­fort book – I read it ev­ery cou­ple of years. It’s about a city girl who moves to the coun­try to sort out her cousins.

Cho­co­lat by Joanne Har­ris

I stayed up all night to fin­ish this. It’s an ex­am­ple of how you can go any­where and do any­thing with writ­ing.

My Bril­liant Friend by Elena Fer­rante

This is a mas­ter­piece. It’s so rich

and com­pelling, you re­ally live the lives of Elena and Lila, the two girls.

Birth­day Let­ters by Ted Hughes

This is a heart­break­ing ac­count of Sylvia Plath, and I think it’s the most hu­man book I’ve ever read. The lan­guage is phe­nom­e­nal.

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