The big day is almost upon us, but before we peel the potatoes, put out the mince pies for Santa or dash out for that last minute present, there’s time to open the last window on our Literary Advent Calendar. We hope you’ve enjoyed finding out what we at Prime Writers towers like reading and that, maybe, you’ve found a new favourite for yourself.
Today we have an extra large door on the calendar, with not one but three treats hiding behind it!
First up is a classic with a wicked heroine chosen by Jude Cook, author of Byron Easy. Jude has chosen Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Jude says: ‘Favourite book would be VANITY FAIR – ‘The funniest book ever about getting ahead and rising above bad beginnings, and a Victorian fireside doorstopper to boot.’
Also behind the door is a intriguing choice from Melissa Bailey, author of Beyond the Sea. Melissa has chosen The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami:
Melissa says: ‘This strange and surreal story follows the life of everyman Toru Okada, after first his cat and then his wife, disappear. Set in contemporary Japan, still haunted by the brutality of its past, it’s a tale of love and war, dreams and reality, of what has been lost and can never be recovered. And I promise you that if you read it, you’ll never look at a well in quite the same way!’
And our final book treat is a recommendation from Sarah Vaughan, author of The Art of Baking Blind. Sarah has chosen Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel.
Sarah Says: ‘Bring Up the Bodies is a novel that invites you to inhabit its protagonist’s consciousness so entirely that it feels as if you are immersed. I became so seduced by Thomas Cromwell that when I realised the extent of his ruthlessness – his willingness to prosecute men irrespective of whether they had slept with Anne Boleyn or not – I felt physically shocked. Rich, sensuous writing; a complex protagonist; and a vivid depiction of a mercurial king combine to make this a compelling book. I loved Wolf Hall, too and am eagerly awaiting the third instalment.’