Ros Ephraim I’m currently reading The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook by Michael Brooks.
Just finished the amazing Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon – Flo and Elsie is story is a moving tribute to lost lives, I’ve not read any book since Deric Longden’s Lost for Words (a beautiful tribute to his ageing mother) both writers understand that residents in care homes are real people, with real feelings who have lived life as we do.
Ros’s 2017 favourites Craeft by Dr Alex Langlands, Winter by Ali Smith, Goldie: All Things Remembered by Goldie with Ben Thompson, 1947 by Elisabeth Asbrink, and Exit West by Mohsin Hami, The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer – now in paperback, The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro; who has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature, The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce, January Man by Christopher Somerville, Where Poppies Blow by John Lewis Stempel, Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk by Kathleen Rooney, Client Earth by James Thornton and Martin Goodman, The Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore.
Currently reading December by Phil Rickman; Questions Asked by Jostein Gaarder (a very quick, thought-provoking read).
I’ve recently read Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon, Living My Dream by Dave Edwards, The Horseman by Tim Pears.
Natasha Savage (currently studying for a BSc at Bangor University)
Recently read Dairy Of A Bookseller by Shaun Bythell and The History Of Bees by Maja Lunde. Both amazing.
I’ve recently enjoyed re-reading The Dark Tower:The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King and Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling.
Alun Ephraim (studying for a PhD at Bangor University) Currently reading The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov; Confusion by Stefan Zweig; A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre – i.e. different things on the go depending on mood.
I’ve recently enjoyed India by V.S. Naipaul, and The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1915 by Richard J Evans, The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf.
Heather Millar (now working in London) I’m currently reading The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (2nd in series). I have just finished The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (1st of the series), Magician by Raymond E. Feist, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
Some of Our Favourite Books
Ros Ephraim Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy, Persuasion by Jane Austen, H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton; Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach; The Last Runaway by Tracey Chevalier, The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, The Box of Delights by John Masefield, The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer, The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.
Hilary Jones How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn, Any of the Merrily Watkins books by Phil Rickman; The Trumpet Major by Thomas Hardy; Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte; The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough; On The Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin
Heather Millar The Night Circus by by Erin Morgenstern, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell; The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon; How they Met by David Levithan
Favourite books include Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams; Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; Return of The King by JRR Tolkien; Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman; The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett.
‘Books are the carriers of civilisation. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.’
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)