MARIAN’S LIFE IN BOOKS
The Twins at St Clare’s by Enid Blyton
The first book I remember reading by myself – it blew my mind. There was a whole world within those pages. It ignited a passion for reading that has never left me.
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
This has one of the best twists I’ve read. It’s engrossing, moving, and the writing is so deft and assured. She just sweeps the reader along.
The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon
When I was trapped in the horror of depression, I couldn’t find anyone who was feeling as dislocated as I was. But this book – a sufferer speaking to other sufferers – let me know that I wasn’t alone.
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
About a posh city girl who goes to stay with her country cousins and decides to sort out their problems. It was written in 1932 and is hysterically funny – an absolute riot.
The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
A feminist reimagining of The Little Mermaid. It illustrates how women are objectified and silenced by the desires of men. But the ending, an electrifying power grab, filled me with hope.
The Choice by Edith Eger
Edith Eger, a Hungarian Jew, is sometimes called the Anne Frank who lived. She went on to become a psychiatrist specialising in PTSD. An extraordinary story of acceptance and forgiveness.