Inheritance Books: Hannah Ellis

Today’s guest on Inheritance Books is Hannah Ellis. Hi Hannah, welcome to Inheritance Books. Have a seat on the sofa. While I put the kettle on, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself.

Profile pic(1)I was born in Durham and grew up in Sheffield, so despite living in Germany now, I’m a northern lass at heart. I studied Early Childhood Education at the University of Northumbria and then went on to work as a nanny in various parts of the world. I lived in America, Australia and Ireland before I finally settled in Munich, where I now live with my husband and two little boys. As well as writing and taking care of my boys, I also work part-time, teaching English in Kindergartens.
Which book have you inherited from generations above? Why is it special?

My inherited book is Alice in Wonderland. It is a beautiful illustrated hardback which was given to me by my grandmother. Even before I could read, I loved this book for the wonderful illustrations. It is such a fantastically bizarre story which transports you to somewhere else entirely. The characters are so very odd but so richly portrayed.aliceinwonderland

I love how this book appeals to both young and old alike and how it has deeper meanings depending on when in life you read it. I think the Cheshire Cat really sums up people perfectly: “We’re all mad here.” I love that line.

Which book would you leave for future generations? Why?

pride and prejudiceThe book I would like to leave to future generations is another classic: an old hardback copy of Pride and Prejudice. I found it in a gorgeous little English bookshop in Majorca. The shop had books haphazardly stacked all over the place, like someone had turned the downstairs of their house into a bookshop but hadn’t really planned it out – just crammed in as many books as possible. I think I lost a whole afternoon there and came away with a collection of beautiful old classics in hardback. Pride and prejudice sits on my bedside table and I dip in and out of it. I love the writing style, and I always feel as though I’m being transported to a different era. Austen’s humour is brilliant, and the wonderfully civilised sparring sessions between Elizabeth and Mr Darcy are just brilliant. I love everything about this book. It even smells incredible!

Old books do smell wonderful!

Thank you for sharing your special books with us Hannah. All the best for Always With You. I hope it flies off the shelves.

alwayswithyouHannah’s book Always With You is available to buy now. You can find out more about Hannah by visiting her website, on Facebook or Twitter (@booksellis).

 

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Inheritance Books: John Jackson

Today’s guest on the Inheritance Books sofa is a regular at the RNA parties – the historical novelist John Jackson. 

Hi John. Welcome to Inheritance Books. I’ll go put the kettle on, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself.

JOHN JACKSONI am a retired ship’s Captain, now living in York. I’ve loved historic fiction since I first read Treasure Island, and the romantic side of histfic since I discovered Georgette Heyer.

The history thing got combined with a love of genealogy and a REALLY good mix of ancestors, from the boring and humdrum to the scarily bad! Writing a historical novel, with a strong thread of romance running through it sort of fell into my lap.

After I met some members of the Romantic Novelist Association their siren calls started, and soon the pressure to “give it a go” and try and write something myself became too strong to resist!

Which book have you inherited from the generation above? Why is it special?

Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Books – Dad spent some years in India as a child; my grandfather was in the Indian Army. I still love the stories, and reread them most years.

Kipling was a writer of his time. Mum and Dad also gave me The Wind in the Willows, and Winnie the Pooh. All still magical favourites!

Dad put me on to Georgette Heyer, and there are three of her books which I have reread many, many times.

Frederica, the complete Regency romance and the longest book she wrote. (I have a first edition)

An Infamous Army, her story of Waterloo. Wonderfully accurate; it was, for many years, in the library at Sandhurst as a textbook!

The Spanish Bride. A fantastic tale of Wellington’s Peninsular campaign, and the story of Harry and Juana Smith (Later the Lady Smith who had the town in South Africa named after her) Also a novel with a stunning, and true, love story running through it.

My Great-great-grandfather had a career very similar to Harry Smith, only without meeting the love of his life on the battlefield. He too joined Wellington’s army as an Ensign, and finished up as a Lt. Colonel at Waterloo. (He will be in book 3 or 4)
I can see you’re having trouble choosing one book. I’ll let you off.
Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why? 

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Swallows and Amazons. We’ve loved them, our children love them, and he was a cousin of mine (Arthur Ransome) Wonderfully evocative for a time gone by. When we lived in the Falkland Islands our girls and their friends had some of the same freedoms that the children of the books enjoyed.

Phillip Pullman’s Dark Materials series. A truly wonderful imagination, and brilliantly told.

Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden continue to turn out wonderful historical novels. I’ve included Azincourt and The Lords of the Bow as representative examples of their work.

Thank you for sharing your favourite books (all of them!) with us, John. All the best with Heart of Stone. Hope is soars up the charts.

thumbnail_Cover - 1John’s Book Heart of Stone is available to buy now. You can find out more about John on his website or chat to him on Twitter (@jjackson42) or Facebook.

Inheritance Books: Sonya Lalli

This week’s Inheritance Books are from Sonya Lalli, whose debut novel is out this week! Welcome to the Inheritance Books sofa Sonya. Why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself. I’ll go make us some tea.

Sonya LalliI’m a 28 year-old Canadian writer, journalist and former lawyer. I’ve been writing all my life, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I decided to write a novel. I put my legal career on hold and moved to London to do a masters in creative writing, during which I wrote The Arrangement. While I’ll be moving back to Canada soon, right now I am currently writing my second novel and working as a legal journalist.

 

Which book have you inherited from a generation above? Why is it special?

I inherited my Mom’s copies of Jean M Auel’s Earth’s Children Series when I was about 12 years old.

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I wasn’t necessary interested in anthropology, nor did I read a lot of historical fiction or sagas – but it was love at first sight. From the moment Mom gifted me her battered copies of the series I was completely captivated by Ayla’s story – a strong woman on a journey of self-discovery in pre-historic Europe.

The first one was The Clan of the Cave Bear where we see Ayla as a young girl – and ends with The Land of Painted Caves, after Ayla is farther along on her journey (geographically and spiritually) and has a partner and daughter. That last one only came out in 2011. It had been thirty years since The Clan of the Cave Bear hit shelves, and as you can imagine Mom was anxiously awaiting the final installment in the series. For the first time, we got to wait for one of Auel’s brilliant books together!

 

Which book would you leave to future generations? Why?

I would leave future generations Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake. It is hands down my favourite book, and while reading it as a young teenager, for the first time I truly connected with the main character of a novel.

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Sonya’s books are all in Canada, so this is actually my copy

Before The Namesake, I’m not sure I’d ever read or heard a story about a kid of Indian heritage growing up in North America. (I’m sure there were some before that – I hope there were – but at that point I hadn’t discovered any.) The novel tells Gogol’s story, a young boy of Bengali Hindu heritage living in Boston. As he grows up and struggles with his identity, everything about him just felt so familiar to me. The push and pull of cultures. Falling in love with someone who was raised so different than you. The way your living room – and the world beyond your front door – can both feel so foreign.

While there still aren’t nearly enough books featuring diverse lead characters, I hope there will be plenty for future generations to choose from. I’d recommend they start with The Namesake.

Readers of this blog will know that this is something I bang on about a lot. Yes, there should definitely more books featuring diverse lead characters. I can also recommend Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Interpreter of Maladies for some incredible short stories. 

Thank you for sharing your special books with us, Sonya. All the best with your own books.

TheArrangement-BPB V2.jpegSonya’s debut novel The Arrangement is available to buy now. You can find out more about Sonya on her website. You can also catch her on Twitter and Instagram (@saskinthecity)

 

Inheritance Books: Lucienne Boyce

This week’s Inheritance Books come from the fascinating Lucienne Boyce. Hi Lucienne, would you like a cup of tea? While I get that, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born and brought up in Wolverhampton in the Midlands, but I now live in Bristol, Blog pic smallwhich is an inspiring place for both my fiction and non-fiction work. The streets and quays of Bristol are full of history, and we’re blessed with museums, art galleries and historic buildings, many of which date back to the eighteenth century, which is when my fiction is set. In addition, Bath, with its eighteenth-century streets, is not far away. Further out from the city every village, tree and field has a story to tell.

My non-fiction work focusses on the history of the women’s suffrage movement, and in particular the local women who worked so hard for women’s right to vote. The two areas – historical fiction set in the eighteenth century and non-fiction about women’s suffrage history – may seem disparate, but in fact they are connected by my interest in radical history and the history of protest.

I studied for an MA in English Literature with the Open University, specialising in eighteenth-century fiction, and graduated (with Distinction) in 2007. I’d been writing since I was a child, and already had a pile of “bottom drawer” novels behind me, but in 2010 I gave up paid employment to focus on my writing. I published my first historical novel, To The Fair Land, in 2012, which is set partly in Bristol. I’m now working on a series of historical detective novels featuring Dan Foster, a Bow Street Runner who is also an amateur pugilist. I’m also writing a biography of suffragette Millicent Browne, who campaigned in Bristol and North Wales.

I’m a member of the steering committee of the West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network. Next year is a big year for us as we’re organising events in Bristol to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of votes for (some) women. We’re working with Bristol MShed – Bristol’s museum about Bristol! – to put on a day of events on 19 May 2018, together with associated events throughout the year such as suffrage walks and talks.  

 

Which book have you inherited from the generation above? Why is it special?

Grey MenI can’t point to a physical book as an inheritance, though I do still have a few of my favourite books from childhood. But I was drawn to reading at an early age, and one of my very favourite books was The Little Grey Men by BB. It was beautifully illustrated by Denys Watkins-Pitchford, who was in fact the author. It was published in 1942, but I have no recollection of who gave it to me or suggested I read it. All I know is that it is a book I loved and read over and over again.

The Little Grey Men tells the story of the last gnomes in Britain, three of whom set off in search of their missing brother, the explorer Cloudberry. What I particularly love about it is the sense of place – it’s set in Warwickshire in the Midlands, so that it’s a landscape I recognise. I also like the fact that these gnomes are not, as the author promised in the introduction, “fairy-book tinsel stuff”, but much more down to earth creatures of nature.

The book speaks out for nature: I have never forgotten the impact of the scene when the gnomes encounter a gibbet on which hang friends of theirs who have been shot or killed in cruel snares, Otter amongst them. Years later as an adult, the lines of John Clare’s beautiful poem Remembrances resonate with that childhood reading: “Inclosure…hung the moles for traitors”. With Pan’s help, the gnomes exact a terrible revenge. They voice the right of wild things to freedom: “There’s no such thing as private property in Nature! The woods and fields belong to the earth, and so do we.”

It’s quite a shock to look at The Little Grey Men today and realise how deeply it influenced me. It’s prompted me to reread it. Though I no longer possess the copy I read as a child, I do have one that I picked up in a second hand bookshop a few years ago.

You can find out more about Denys Watkins-Pitchford at the BB Society website http://www.bbsociety.co.uk/bb-the-author.php

 

Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why? 

My most treasured possession is a set of the four volumes of The Earthly Paradise by William Morris. Morris is a great hero of mine, for his politics, but also for his poetry and Morris, The Earthly Paradisewriting. I love The Earthly Paradise as a poem, but what makes these particular books special is that in two of them a former owner has pasted two hand-written letters by William Morris. The thrill of owning these, penned by the hand of the great man himself, is immense. I shall be very careful to leave them to someone who will care for them as much as I do!

In 2014 I did some research into the background of those letters, and if you’re interested you can read it on my blog here. It’s in two parts, http://francesca-scriblerus.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/ and http://francesca-scriblerus.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/

That’s incredible! They are certainly things to be treasured.

Thank you for sharing your favourite books with us Lucienne. All the best with The Fatal Coin.

Lu9781781326664-300dpicienne’s latest book The Fatal Coin is available to buy now. You can find out more about Lucienne and her books on her website, Facebook and Twitter (@LucienneWrite).

 

 

 

 

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Inheritance Books: Suzy Turner

Welcome to the Inheritance Books soda, Suzy Turner – who is a novelist, Yorkshire expat and a whole load of other things besides. I’ll go get the tea and biscuits, in the meantime, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself, Suzy.


Suzy Turner February 2016I’m a Yorkshire lass who moved to Portugal with my family when I was ten years old. Since then, I found my soulmate at sixteen, married him at 22 and we’ve just celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary. Funnily enough, we both moved to Portugal in 1986.
I’m a former newspaper features writer and magazine editor and now full time author, yoga instructor and lifestyle blogger. We still live in the Algarve and enjoy a really wonderful life here. We’re about to start building our dream home so we’re really excited!

 

Which book have you inherited from the generation above? Why is it special?

Strangely enough I’d probably have to say Memoirs of a Geisha. It’s the only book I’ve read several times over the years. It’s not in the genre that I usually read and it’s also set in Japan which isn’t a place I usually read about. But there’s just something about that story that gets me every time I read it. It’s a beautifully written tale about a young girl’s life and how she finds herself becoming a very well known geisha. It’s an enchanting tale, to say the least. I know you said to only mention one but I had to also mention The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I read it the first time for A’level English and I couldn’t believe that something so unique and futuristic could be a part of school reading! It had such a profound effect on me that I developed a fondness for dystopia (weirdly!). SUZY TURNER

 

I’ll let you off, just this once, and let you have two. Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why? 

I’d have to say the Harry Potter books. I’m a huge fan of the series (you could probably call me obsessive lol) and I just love the way JK Rowling created something so very magical that has captured the minds of so many millions of people all over the world – all ages too. That’s not something that is easily done, either! The stories are all utterly captivating – every last detail is pure magic in my opinion and I think everyone should try reading at least one of the books.

Great choice… wait, that’s seven books. (Personally, if I had to choose one of them, I’d go with HP and the Prisoner of Azkhaban).

Thanks for sharing your Inheritance Books with us Suzy. All the best with your latest book. 

Aphrodite's Closet FinalSuzy’s book Aphrodite’s Closet is available to buy now. You can find out more about Suzy on her website and blog or catch up with her on Facebook or Twitter. 

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Inheritance Books: Carrie Parker

This week’s Inheritance Books come from Carrie Parker. Welcome to the Inheritance Books sofa, Carrie. Why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy name is Carrie Parker and I live on the beach near Rye in East Sussex, England.  At least, Carrie Parker is my pen name.  My day job as a horticultural consultant involves writing factual, accurate reports for my clients and I don’t want them getting confused with my novels of pure fiction!  

I chose my pen name in honour of my grandmothers:  Carrie was my paternal grandmother’s name and Parker was my maternal grandmother’s name.  Both of them were extraordinary women, in completely different ways, and both were strong influences in my life.  As a young child, we lived in my grandmother Parker’s small terraced house in Yorkshire.  One of my earliest memories is of being left outside the local lending library in my large, old-fashioned pram, my older sister on guard, whilst my mother performed the weekly ritual of changing Gran’s library books.  When we got home, Gran would seize the books and start reading immediately, late into the night, by gaslight.  I can remember wondering what it was that was so interesting about reading books – it wasn’t long before I found out and it has stayed with me all my life.

Which book have you inherited from a generation above? Why is it special? 

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Black Beauty

When I was six, I won a prize at school for “Superior Answering”.  The prize was a book and my mother was asked to select one for me.  She chose a favourite of hers:  “Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell.  My sister and I would sit on the sofa with my mother, in front of the fire, as she read a chapter of the story to us every night before bed.  We both liked animals but an “animal autobiography” was new to us.  As a young child, in some ways it was a difficult book to cope with, but its powerful anti-cruelty message has stayed with me.  Published in 1877, Anna Sewell didn’t write it as a children’s book but to draw attention to animal cruelty.  Its message is clear and not out-dated – alongside the obvious concerns for the treatment of animals runs the theme of how we should all respect and show kindness to others.  Which is what my mother always did.

Which book would you leave to later generations? Why?

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A Suitable Boy

The book I would like to leave for future generations is “A Suitable Boy” by Vikram Seth.  This is a wonderful book of epic proportions – certainly physically, at almost 1,500 pages.  It will be a bit of a challenge, as we are told the attention span of the younger generations is already diminished by our current technologies, but it is a brilliant example of the sustained pleasure to be had from immersing oneself in a really enthralling book.  The book is set in the newly-independent India of the 1950s and centres around four families and, in particular, one mother’s efforts to arrange a marriage for her daughter to “a suitable boy”.  Beautifully written, without pretension, the book gives a real insight into the political and societal changes happening in India at that time.  How the characters deal with the emotions of heartache and disappointment that accompany the pursuit of happiness and the quest for love in a complex and changing world has universal resonance.  

I was drawn to this book after working in India for several years and seeing first-hand the trials and tribulations facing young Indians seeking happy relationships amidst the religious, caste, sex and political complexities still prevalent in India in the 1990s.  Although times and attitudes continue to change, essentially this is a book about family and I think it will speak to many generations to come.

Thank you so much for sharing your Inheritance Books with us, Carrie. Best of luck with your latest book.

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Inheritance Books: Sophie Ranald

Today on Inheritance Books, we have Sophie Ranald. Hi Sophie, make yourself comfortable on the Inheritance Books sofa. Why don’t tell us a bit about yourself, while I go make us a cuppa.

Sophie Ranald 1I’m the youngest of five sisters. I was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa before moving to London in my late 20s, ostensibly just to live and work in the city for a while – but I ended up falling in love with it (and with my wonderful partner!) and deciding to stay.

I’ve always loved books, reading and writing, but it wasn’t until 2011 that I made the leap and decided to try writing fiction as a career. My first novel, It Would Be Wrong to Steal my Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t it?) came out in August 2013 and made it into Amazon’s top 10 bestsellers in October. Since then, I’ve written four more novels and I’m working on a sixth.

Although my books are romantic comedies, I see the romance element as – not exactly secondary, but additional to all the other aspects of my heroines’ lives: their relationships with friends and family, their careers, their role in the wider world, and so on. I think women’s fiction deserves to be taken more seriously than it is – there are so many wonderful writers in our genre, and we write about things other than shoes, cocktails and sex (although those things are obviously vitally important too!).

I couldn’t agree more about women’s fiction. Most people who are dismissive of the genre haven’t actually read any of it (or read an old school Mills and Boon from the 60s and drew conclusions from that).

 

Which book have you inherited from the generation above? Why is it special?

I am passionate about food and cooking, and one of my favourite books ever is my mother’s battered old copy of The Constance Spry Cookery book. It’s a classic, first published in 1956, and rather delightfully the first chapter focuses on canapés to serve at cocktail parties. Clearly Constance was a woman after my own heart!

Mum received the book for Christmas from my father the first year they were married, and apparently she was none too pleased with the gift, seeing it as one of those presents that benefit the giver more than the receiver! But she went on to treasure the book and use it extensively – the Coronation Chicken recipe was her go-to for parties.

When I was a teenager, I spent many happy hours lying on my bed reading the book from cover to cover. I loved the world it invokes and the knowledge it contains – although I have no aspirations to be a 1950s housewife!Sophie Ranald bookshelf

 

Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why?

It would have to be my collection of Persephone books. Persephone republishes out-of-print books, almost all by women and mostly from the early 20th century. They are wonderful books and cast such a fascinating light on women’s lives at the time. They are also beautiful, with gorgeous dove-grey jackets and endpapers printed with fabric and wallpaper designs from the period in which they were written.

Unfortunately they, and almost all my other books, are currently in boxes in a storage unit, because we’re having building work done on our house. The only bookshelf we have at the moment is in my partner’s study, and showcases his rather eclectic tastes!

Thank you for sharing your Inheritance Books with us, Sophie. All the best with your new book!

Gemma Grey_PBƒSophie’s latest book The Truth About Gemma Grey is available to buy now. You can find out more about Sophie on her website, or catch up with her on Facebook or Twitter (@sophieranald).

 

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Inheritance Books: Marcia Spillers

DSC_0008Today’s Inheritance Books comes from Marcia Spillers. Hi Marcia, welcome to the Inheritance Books sofa. Take a seat. Would you like some tea?  The iced sort or the hot sort? While I’m getting that, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Marcia Spillers, and I was born a southern belle in the bayou country of West Monroe, Louisiana.  My father was the biggest influence in my life.  Born in Mississippi, he was an early feminist, and believed women should be taught the same things as men, and given the same opportunities.  He practiced what he believed, making sure my sister and I were educated so we could take care of ourselves, in addition to knowing how to fish, drive a boat, shoot a gun, and more importantly, stand up to any situation.  My mother was from Poland, and she supported my father’s beliefs. Of course, she had a few of her own, making sure we knew how to cook, set a table for guests, use the correct fork at a dinner party, and always make sure you had on lipstick in case someone took a picture.  I have a feeling my brothers got off easy during childhood.

 

Which book have you inherited from the generation above? Why is it special?

IMG_0915Both of my parents were avid readers, and passed that quality along to their four children.  I think the book I inherited from their generation is one my mother kept by her bedside a year or so before she passed.  “Moments of Peace in the Presence of God,” published by Bethany House Publishers, is a book of writings about reflections on God’s gift of love, hope and happiness. My mother would read it daily and reflect on the life she’d lived.  I think as we grow older, believing in the existence of a higher power is comforting.  I knew it was for her, and it is now for me.  I have the copy she kept by her bedside, and it brings me comfort whenever I read through it.

 

Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why? 

IMG_0916The book that turned me into a lifelong reader is “Nancy and Plum,” by Betty MacDonald.  I found the book in my school library when I was in fifth grade, and from that moment on was hooked.    The story is a traditional tale of two little sisters, orphaned at an early age, who end up living at a farm/boarding house run by a cruel woman out in the country.  No matter what problems they faced, they remained steadfast in their love for one another, and their search for a better life.  The book taught me at an early age to stay positive and optimistic that good things were just around the corner.  The book also had an interesting contrast between the darkness inside the house where the woman was cruel to the children, and the lightness and love outside of the house in the countryside where the animals lived.   

Thank you for sharing your Inheritance Books with us, Marcia. All the best with your latest book!

Murder_At_The_Myster_Cover_for_KindleMarcia’s book Murder at Mystery Bay Hotel is available to buy now. You can find out more about Marcia on her website, or catch up with her on Twitter (@mysterywriter2or Facebook.

Inheritance Books: Dan Waddell

This week’s Inheritance Books are from Dan Waddell, prolific novelist and fellow Yorkshire person. Hi Dan, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself while I put the kettle on.

DAN WADELLI’m a 44 year-old, recovering tabloid journalist turned author. The first half of my life was spent in Yorkshire, but for the past 20 years I’ve lived in exile in London, a city I always wanted to live in and which has not disappointed me.  I finished my first book in 1999 and since then I’ve written more than 20 works of fiction and non-fiction.  Recently I re-acquired my rights to two crime novels which were published a decade ago, the first of which has just been released on Kindle. The  second follows in late May,  while the third, only ever released in France, will be published later this year with more to follow.

I also love playing and watching cricket (but rarely writing about – never kill the thing you love…) I was a talented teenage cricketer. At one stage I thought it might become a career, but it wasn’t to be. Writing has offered some compensation for those shattered dreams. But only some…

However, if I’m honest, most of my time is spent making fishfingers and chips for three children. [I can sympathise. I do much the same. R]

 

Which book have you inherited from the generation above? Why is it special?

Cover of The Grapes of WrathMy dad’s copy of Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. I read it on a holiday aged 17, when I’d lost the reading habit. I loved it and have never stopped reading since. I sometimes wonder what would’ve happened if I’d taken a bad book on that holiday…

My father Sid Waddell was a TV darts commentator who is fondly recalled in the UK.  We were very close (I wrote a book about him and our relationship in a book which was published last year, called We Had Some Laughs.) He read voraciously and widely, and scribbled notes and thoughts over many of his books. I have a few of the books he owned and it’s nice to have them as mementos of him. Interestingly, he didn’t scribble anything in this copy of Grapes of Wrath. He probably thought it was too perfect to touch. Either that or he never read it!

 

Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why? 

Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner. I read and re-read it countless times as a kid though sadly I lost that copy. It was the first time I ever experienced the magical feeling of being so wrapped up in a book that the outside world ceased to matter or even exist. It’s a wonderful alchemy. Maybe it can have that effect on others.

Thank you for sharing you Inheritance Books with us, Dan. All the best for The Blood Detective.

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