WHAT I’VE BEEN READING
Alice Soule, Harpenden author of Living with a Jude
The Spoils of Time Trilogy Penny Vincenzi
My first recommendation is a trilogy by my favourite author. The books start in the 1920s and follow the life of the Lytton family who run the Lytton publishing empire. You are drawn into the tale and I found myself thinking about the characters in my day-to-day life. The author is incredibly talented.
Somme Mud Edward PF Lynch
Translated from a diary written at the time, Somme Mud tells the horrific experiences of Edward Lynch, a young Australian private who was just 18 when he enlisted in the First World War. At times it’s harrowing but you cannot escape the importance of a book like this. The writing is beautiful and you can sense the emotions throughout.
No and Me Delphine de Vigan
This is an unusual story about Lou, an intelligent Parisian teenager who lives with her mother who suffers from depression. The book follows a friendship that forms between Lou and No, a teenage girl living on the streets of the capital. I’ve always had a strong interest in homelessness issues, which is why I think I feel so drawn to this book.