Alice Soule, Harpen­den au­thor of Liv­ing with a Jude

Hertfordshire Life - - BOOK LIFE -

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.

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