Before television on demand, some people read books in the lulls between the TV Christmas specials. Taking a moment to show my softer side, I’ve picked out a handful which you might take a minute to read again. If you’re lucky enough to have young children you could read these magical stories aloud to them.
After tourist David Willis from Texas recently found himself locked in a London Waterstones after closing, the book store chain have invited 10 competition winners to relax in-store on an airbed overnight with any book they choose. This prompts the question, if you found yourself surrounded by thousands of books with a few hours to kill, what book would you go for? Unless you are blessed with superhuman processing skills, I’m pretty sure you’d need to select something with fewer than 200 pages. Feel free to share your thoughts on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/jeremythomasauthor), here’s a couple from me.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (180 pages)
Considered by some to be “the Great American Novel” it follows a man who lets his love obsession get the better of him, and it ultimately leads to his demise.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (160 pages)
The book is quite different from the movie (for a start the male protagonist is gay) and Capote’s prose is incredible. Even if you’ve seen the movie, the book is well worth a read.
TAKING LEAVE was my first novel and I wanted it to be the best. Actually, I just wanted it to be read by people who would at best say how brilliant I was, and at worse not burst out in contemptuous laughter. To aid me in my quest, I traveled to a well-known Greek island – a major source of inspiration for others. If it had been an okay location for St John to write the Revelation in the Bible, it was going to be okay for me.