Lit­er­ary gems

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Crime writer So­phie Han­nah shares the books that –earnd laugh, cry and think. She’ll be at the Theak­ston Old Pe­culier Crime Writ­ing Fes­ti­val* in July.

◆ THE POWER OF NOW by ECK­HART TOLLE is the best book I’ve ever read about how to live hap­pily. It taught me a cru­cial thing: hap­pi­ness is more eas­ily achieved by not tak­ing one’s own mind and thoughts too se­ri­ously, and learn­ing to ob­serve and even mock and dis­miss them. It re­ally stayed with me.

◆ The last book that made me laugh was the first full-length po­etry col­lec­tion by one of my favourite liv­ing po­ets, NIC AUBURY, called CALL­ING HOME (out later this year). One, called Thx & Rgds, goes: ‘You may be im­por­tant and ter­ri­bly stressed, But no one’s too busy for vow­els, I’d sug­gest.’

◆ The last book I cried at was ANEC­DO­TAL EV­I­DENCE, the lat­est col­lec­tion of po­ems by my other favourite liv­ing poet, WENDY COPE. Her po­etry saved me when I was at univer­sity and sup­posed to be fo­cus­ing on TS Em alk ii ong thai st nor dy Pound but not en­joy­ing ei­ther. This new col­lec­tion re­ally makes you think about what mat­ters.

◆ When I’m too stressed or dis­tracted to fo­cus on any other book or writer, AGATHA CHRISTIE al­ways grips me, and cheers me up.

◆ The books I give to oth­ers are COM­ING FROM BE­HIND by HOWARD JA­COB­SON be­cause it’s the fun­ni­est, most clever novel I’ve ever read. THE BLACK PRINCE by IRIS MUR­DOCH is the best novel about peo­ple and re­la­tion­ships. And HOUSE RULES by RACHEL SON­TAG, is the best mem­oir I’ve ever read.

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