Read the opening extract of the brand new Karen Maitland book before its publication on 12/03/2015
Guest Editor - Veronica Henry
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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
This wonderful tale kicks off a series of gripping adventures in Jacobean England, and definitely gave me a hunger for writing. Click here to read more...
Zazie in the Metro by Raymond Queneau
As a teenager I went through a horribly pretentious phase of reading existential literature. A lot of it was heavy going but not this, by Dadaist Raymond Queaneau. Click here to read more...
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
A sense of family is always important to me in my books, and you don’t get a bigger sense of family than with the Corleones. Click here to read more...
The Darling Buds of May by H.E. Bates
The Larkins are a total contrast to the Corleones, but equally compelling. The characters and the setting are so wonderfully vivid – you can taste actually taste the strawberries and feel the sun on your back. Click here to read more...
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Everyone loves a bad boy, and Anthony Bourdain does bad better than anyone, with his no-holds-barred behind the scenes expose of the restaurant world. Click here to read more...
Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons
Stella is most famous for Cold Comfort Farm and most people are unfamiliar with her other works. This recently reissued oeuvre is a quaint and charming ramble through English society in the 1930s – unrequited love, cads and chauffeurs abound. Click here to read more...
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