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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.

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