I love a good non-fiction read and this year I’m making a big effort to not only read more, but make a serious dent, in the ones that have languished on my rather large to be read pile for quite a while.
I am ashamed to say that I Am I Am I Am by Maggie O’Farrell has sat on my bookshelf for a very long time and I finally got around to reading it recently and it was flipping wonderful. I was memorised by the writing and the emotional connection with her stories. Her writing is quiet and calm, yet it creates what feels like a very personal connection to her life. It left me feeling as if I had been given a small look into the events that have shaped the wonderful writer she is.
The Salt Path by Raynor Winn was a reading dream for me. I love walking and I love doing this along the coast of our wonderful country. After this remarkable couple Moth and Raynor Winn lost their beloved farm in Wales and Moth discovered he had an incurable illness, they decided to walk the South West Coast Path and this incredible book is the result. Moving and yet also full of wonderful humour, it is a testament to the power of the human spirit to endure. Raynor Winn is an incredible writer, she has a natural warmth and is incredibly humble. I am looking forward to reading the sequel The Wild Silence when it is published.
I am a massive fan of the Five Fab and as a lover of the TV series, both old and current, I was thrilled to see this book for sale. I loved the story of his life and how it shaped the person he is now. It is funny, honest and a very powerful, emotional read.
Now I admit I am not a fan of Sara Cox because she is a DJ on BBC radio, music is simply not my thing, but I have seen her on TV and liked her friendly, happy nature and so bought this book on a whim. I’m so glad I did, it is funny, moving and more importantly down to earth. I never realised that she has lived such a varied life and I admit, I was curious to know more about the lady we see on TV. It is such a great read and if she were to write more, I would definitely add them to my bookshelf.
I have listed links for all these books to the two main book sellers, because I know that is an easy way for so many people to buy their books! Given the worrying time for us all at the moment, especially small independent booksellers, why not consider contacting your local bookshop, many deliver and they are such amazing places. Give them a call and why not order a few books?