Inheritance Books: Marie Laval

Children Reading by Valerie Everett

Today’s guest on Inheritance Books is fellow RNA member and all round lovely person, Marie Laval. Hi Marie, take a seat. Why don’t you introduce yourself. 

MarieLaval (2)I am French and have been living in Lancashire for quite a long time, almost long enough to have got used to the rain! I grew up in a small village near Lyon.  I studied law and history at university there and for many years my ambition was to be a journalist. I was always very attracted to England and to anything English – I blame great authors like Daphné du Maurier, Jane Austen and Wilkie Collins – so I came to live in England shortly after graduating. Unfortunately, I did not become a journalist, but held a variety of jobs, mostly in admin at the University of Manchester. I retrained as a teacher a few years ago and now work in a large secondary school. When I’m not busy looking after my family and planning lessons, I dream up romantic stories! I started writing short stories and now write full-length contemporary and historical romance. My novels are published by Accent Press.


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

DSCF1718It was so difficult to pick just one book, Rhoda! I inherited a lot of books from my parents, mainly novels, which are at present sitting in cardboard boxes because I am supposed to be moving house in the next few weeks.

One of the books that means a lot to me is a collection of humorous texts by the talented French comedian and writer Raymond Devos. The man was so much more than a comedian. He was a genius with words, and I remember how proud and grown-up I felt when as a teenager I was able to finally understand some of his jokes and puns! ‘Histoire d’en Rire’ was the last ever book my sisters, mother and I bought for my father for his birthday, and I will always cherish it.

Most comedy writers have some genius with words. (Terry Pratchett, PG Wodehouse…)


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

Once again, a very difficult choice. I hesitated between two but in the end chose ‘Le Lion’ DSCF1722by Joseph Kessel (apologies because it’s in French!). ‘Le Lion’ is a novel I treasured since I first read it aged twelve or thirteen. I brought it to England with me when I moved here, and as you can see the cover is rather battered. The story is set in Africa, in the land of the Massai people, and is the tale of an incredible friendship between a little girl and a …lion, of course! After many adventures and plot twists, the story doesn’t end well for the lion. Joseph Kessel was a great writer, a journalist and adventurer, and a pioneer of aviation in the 1920s. I read most of his novels, which gave me a yearning for literature and faraway lands. Many of his stories were made into films, starring great French actresses such as Catherine Deneuve and Romy Schneider.

I do hope my children grow up to be as fond of ‘Le Lion’ as I was.

Merci beaucoup!

You’re welcome! Thank you for sharing your favourite books with us, Marie. All the best with the new book!

BLUEBONNETSBlue Bonnets, the second in the Dancing For The Devil Trilogy are now out and are available from Accent Press and Amazon 

 You can find out more about Marie at her website, or on Facebook.  


Inheritance Books: Catherine Ryan Howard

This week’s guest on Inheritance Books is Catherine Ryan Howard – who was primarily known for her non fiction (and her fabulously useful Catherine Caffeinated blog). Her latest book Distress Signals is a thriller set on a cruise ship. Hi Catherine, have a biscuit. Why don’t you start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

Catherine Ryan Howard by City Headshots Dublin
Catherine Ryan Howard by City Headshots Dublin

I live in Dublin, Ireland, but I’m from Cork. I’m currently studying for a BA in English Lit as a mature student in Trinity College Dublin and trying to finish my second thriller before the excitement of the first one, Distress Signals, coming out gets too much for me! I’ve self-published a number of non-fiction titles about some of my travel adventures, and then the obligatory ‘how to’ self-publishing guide. I’ve been blogging since early 2010 and love Twitter. It’s caffeine that flows through my veins and I still want to be a NASA astronaut when I grow up.


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

I didn’t inherit any physical books, but a book my mother bought for me helped change the course of my life and get me where I am today. Now, don’t laugh, but it’s Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.


The movie came out in the summer of 1993, when I was just eleven, and I convinced her to buy the movie tie-in paperback of it for me. I can still remember that her, my brother and sister and I were en route to the caravan we kept by the seaside in East Cork, and she stopped at a shopping centre so I could run in and pick it up so I’d have it to read while we were down there. I just loved, loved, LOVED that book. The mixture of fact and fiction, the imagination needed to create that park and bring it to life… It was fantastic. It made me want to create something like that. I re-read it every year and still have that 23 year-old paperback, which is only held together now by tape and love.

I’m not laughing. I was totally blown away by Jurassic Park when it came out. So much so that I did my A-level English lit dissertation on it (comparing it to The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle). 


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

I think Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. It’s one of my favourite novels. So simple in terms of the language he uses, but so utterly devastating in its impact. I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone, but it also gives you a stark reminder of how short our time here is, and why you should make the most of this great adventure of life while you can. Because of its setting, it also has a kind of timeless quality, so I think future generations will find it as relevant as we do now.


Excellent choices. Thank you for sharing your Inheritance Books with us. All the best with Distress Signals. It sounds great.


Catherine’s new book Distress Signals is available now! You can read the first three chapters on her website. You can find out more about Catherine in her website, Twitter (@cathryanhoward), Facebook or Instagram. 

PS: If you’re a huge fan of Jurassic Park, you might be interested in Chip Kidd’s TEDtalk about how he designed the iconic cover.


Inheritance Books: Rachel Dove

Rachel new 2Today’s guest on the Inheritance Books sofa is Rachel Dove. Hi Rachel, welcome. While I go put the kettle on, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself.

I am 34, a wife and mother living in Yorkshire (Yay!). I used to work in law, then in the area of early years and special educational needs, and I eventually qualified to teach adults these subjects. I always wanted to be an author and a teacher, it just took me a while to get there! I have written horror shorts in the past, but romantic fiction is my real love. I write full time now, but between writing, reading, raising my children and running errands, I don’t know how I ever had time to work!

 Which book have you inherited from the generation above? Why is it special?
When I worked in law, I used to commute on four train journeys a day. I read on every journey, and I remember dragging a huge library book about, totally enthralled. It was Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind, and I still remember the feelings it roused in me when reading. Every generation should be fed books like this, they are timeless classics, more poignant with each passing generation.

Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why?
I always come back to this book, but I would pick Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I reread this book all the time, I think that as well as a love story, it is a powerful book with a message about society, power, sacrifice and the importance of being a strong female. I have many others that sprang to mind, but this one is always the clincher for me. Bella from Twilight is all well and good, but young guys need to think more Katniss Everdeen than Kim Kardashian these days, and reading could be the key in a lot of cases. I remember reading about strong females since I was old enough to hold a book, and I think it has a lot to answer for – with the opinionated, independent woman I am today!
index2My great aunt went into a retirement home a couple of years ago (she is still doing fine) and when we were clearing her house, I found some old books, one of which being Virginia Woolf. I treasure them, and I found out that she was a writer too, and even had a poem published in a book. I still have the book at home. It’s nice to think I am following her lead in the family by chasing my own dreams. I have files of rejection letters she received, so I think I have some strong females in my family generations too.

Those are excellent choices. I would definitely recommend Katniss over Bella any day! 

Thank you for sharing your favourite books with us, Rachel. All the best for The Chic Boutique!


chic boutique  Rachel’s new book The Chic Boutique on Baker Street is published by Mills and Boon and is available to by now. You can find out more about Rachel on her website, Facebook and Twitter (@writerdove).

Inheritance Books: Jeannie Von Rompaey

Today on Inheritance Books, we’ve got Jeannie Von Rompaey. Hi Jeannie, welcome to Inheritance Books. Please, make yourself comfy on the sofa. I’ll put the kettle on. While I’m doing that, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?

Cheers! JeannieI’m passionate about reading, writing, art and the theatre. I was born in London, brought up in a village in Northamptonshire and now live on the subtropical island of Gran Canaria with my husband, TJ, a historian. I love living in a warm climate with blue skies above and a light breeze; but enjoy visits to London and other cities to see my daughter, go to the theatre and visit art exhibitions.

I have an MA in Modern Literature from The University of Leicester and have had a varied career as lecturer, theatre director and actor. As Jeannie Russell I’m a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators and adjudicate at drama festivals in Britain and Europe. Next year I’m off to Frankfurt to adjudicate there.

I write novels, short stories, poems and plays on subjects I feel strongly about, including: the complexity of human nature and the future of our planet.


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

image1Indian Myth and Legend by Donald A Mackenzie was given to me by a friend of my mother’s who had travelled in India. I was fascinated by his stories about a continent I knew little about.

From the first I loved the cover of the book, its intricate patterned design that promised entrance to a different world. I also loved the gold leaf that edged the pages, now unfortunately faded.

The inside did not disappoint either with its tales of Indian traditions and myths. The black and white photographs of Indian temples, sculptures and ceremonies are combined with coloured prints from paintings of deities and nymphs. I’ve found the names of the divinities and the myths surrounding them useful when inventing names and characters for my dystopian novels in the Oasis series. For example the wives of Shiva: Durga, the Destroyer and war goddess; Kali, the black earth-mother with her built in serpents; Jagadgauri, the yellow harvest bride and Sati, the ideal of a true and virtuous woman. The latter is satirised in my novel, as she is promiscuous. A touch of irony, that I love.


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

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It’s dystopian fiction, set in a terrifying but fascinating future. Reading this book marks the beginning of my interest in this genre.

image2I love the cover of this paperback because of its vibrant primary colours. Every woman in Gilead is defined by the way she is dressed and colour-coded. The women on the cover are handmaids because they dressed in red, the colour of blood. Their only function is to breed. The Marthas, who cook and do household chores, are in dull green robes with bib aprons over them. The gowns of both handmaids and Marthas are long and concealing. These examples of the dress code give an insight into how detailed and cleverly constructed this novel is. I admire the way Atwood has created such a complete, imaginary world. The men of Gilead imagined they were creating a utopia, but even they become disillusioned and victims of the rigid system. Reading this book made me realize that utopias are impossible to create. Human beings are flawed and so when trying to form a perfect society are bound to fail.

I’d like to leave this book to my daughter because it not only acts as a warning to future generations but also celebrates the resilience of women in a male orientated world.


Fabulous choices. Thank you for letting us peek into your bookcase. Your novel sounds like fun (I’m a sucker for folklore absorbed into modern fiction). I hope it does really well.

Oasis Ascension Front FinalYou can find out more about Jeannie by visiting her website or her Amazon page. Her new book Accession is available to buy now.

Inheritance Books: Manning Wolfe

Hello Manning Wolfe, welcome to the Inheritance Books sofa. While I go get us some tea and chocolate biscuits, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself.

Manning Wolfe Headshot 2I am an author and attorney living in Austin, Texas with my mate Bill.  My grown son, Aaron, lives nearby. I love the South. There is a feel for this part of the world that is unique and fosters stories that could not happen anywhere else.


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

I think any legal thriller writer has to to give some credit to Scott Turow for Presumed Innocent. It was the first of its kind. I also go back to Harper Lee. To Kill a Mockingbird, although literary, is a courtroom drama. Some of John Grisham’s early works such as The Broker and The Summons are particular favs because of the strategy involved. Turrow, Grisham, and Michael Connelly have a way of making legal issues, which are complex and potentially confusing, understandable and relatable for the lay person.



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

I could not choose one book. (It is rather the point of Inheritance Books posts – choosing one book…but carry on. *grin*)

The whole point of reading is for each person to enjoy a book through their personal history. Life experience of the reader is as important as the book itself. It’s magical in a way that one book is like snowflakes – different for each person and even each time it’s read by the same person.

That said, I will tell you a story about a book and a librarian. When I was in junior high I had read all of the books in our small town library. A wonderful librarian introduced me to Thomas Hardy. Tess of the D’Urbervilles is still one of my favourite books and I re-read it every other year or so. It’s a gripping story of a young woman who finds herself in the worst situation for her time. She is such a real and timeless character. I also read Hemingway and Fitzgerald about that same time.

Another story: I had a client about five years into my legal career. He was struggling to pay his legal bill and was a big reader. He had an autographed copy of In Cold Blood that he gave to me, knowing it’s one of my favorites. I protect it, but I still allow myself to read it every year or two. I love holding it. He also gave me an early battered and dog-eared Zane Grey that I cherish.

An autographed copy of In Cold Blood is a very cool thing to own!

Thank you for sharing your favourite books with us, Manning. Good luck with your latest book. I love the title Dollar Signs!

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Inheritance Books: Jenny Harper

Children Reading by Valerie Everett

I’d like to welcome Jenny Harper to the Inheritance Books sofa. Hellooo Jenny. While I go put the kettle on for tea, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?

Jenny CC 6I’m active, restless, easily bored, good at many things but world-class at nothing (except perhaps procrastination).

To address the first three of these features, I have always played a lot of sport – table tennis, tennis, squash, badminton, golf – and I have always walked (power walking and country walks). And I write. This fixes the boredom – after all, who could ever be bored while creating characters to wander round a world of your own imagination, or wrestling with plot points and quandaries?

I’ve always written. I guess most writers have. I was put off creative writing at uni, when a degree in literature made me quickly realise I was never going to be another Eliot or Austen. Instead, I became an editor (non fiction books), but soon realised the pace of editing was too slow for me. I turned instead to editing magazines (quick turnaround, destined for the dustbin after a month) and soon got commissions for writing, both articles for magazines and newspapers, and for books.

And so I was back, despite myself, to writing. Mastering the art of penning novels has taken me longer than I expected and they may not be world class  – but I do keep trying!

I know exactly what you mean about not being another Eliot or Austen. It took me a while to realise that I didn’t need to be. I just had to write like me!

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

Cookery bookThis is my grandmother’s cookery book (so two generations above, I guess!). It has been well used, as you can see. Even though I don’t refer to it so much these days, many recipes bring back nostalgic memories – such as when my brothers used to make the marmalade pudding. The recipe said ‘for 4’ and there were two of them … so they doubled the quantities.

What’s not to like about a cookery book? Making food and sharing food is about so much more than satisfying a basic human need. It’s about love, and friendship, and the sharing of pleasure with friends and family, on special days or just every day.

Mary Berry recently made the point that cookery books never used to have illustrations. This one doesn’t. It leaves you to focus on the making, not the looking, and to present a dish in the way your imagination tells you to. (Not that I don’t like looking at lovely pictures of food…)

My grandfather was a bookseller in Perth (Scotland), and our bookcases at home were filled with beautiful hardbacks from his shop. As a child, I read the lot because we didn’t have a television and I loved reading. Those books shaped me – and sadly, I can’t imagine that too many young teenagers these days read all of Dickens, Thackeray, Trollope and Eliot. There are too many brightly coloured distractions.

I love pretty cookbooks (and I have many), but the most useful cookbook I have is a 1000 recipes cookbook my Mum bought for me, which has hand drawn (i.e. useless) illustrations, but excellent instructions. 

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

Game of KingsAnyone who knows me knows I am a huge fan of the historical writer, Dorothy Dunnett. Her Lymond series starts in Scotland in the 16th century and sweeps across most of Europe and Russia. It’s astonishing in its vivacity, veracity, accuracy and the incredibly convoluted and tense story that spins out across six long novels. I read them end to end when they first came out, late into the night and at work, while I was cooking or bathing or on the bus – anything to consume them as quickly as possible. And then I read them again, and still read them every five years or so.

The hero is the greatest super hero of all time. He’s also, one is led to believe, a villain, and although your heart tells you he’s wonderful, the trail of clues Dunnett lays down often lead in quite a different direction. He is a consummate swordsman and linguist, musician, huntsman, leader of men and lover. His followers would die for him and his enemies would kill him in the most vicious way they can devise … and his own love story is the grandest passion ever.

What’s not to like?


27995726 Jenny’s new book Between Friends is available to buy now. You can catch up with Jenny on her website, Facebook or on Twitter (@harper_jenny).

Inheritance Books: Monique Devere

Children Reading by Valerie Everett

This week on Inheritance Books, we’ve got Monique DeVere, who writes sweet and spicy fiction (which are a bit like those chili biscuits I had at Christmas, I imagine). Hi Monique. Grab a spot on the sofa. While I put the kettle on, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself.

Monique DeVereThank you for inviting me on Inheritance Books to share the two books that had an impact on me growing up, Rhoda. I grew up on a plantation in Barbados and spent a lot of time exploring, looking for adventure, and getting up to a lot of mischief. Once I discovered books, I realised I could experience other people’s adventures and mischief, too. I moved to England with my mum and step-dad when I was fifteen, and by then I’d started penning my very own stories. At fifteen I wrote my first full-length novel called Love in a Mystery, about a diamond magnate who hires a female PI to find out who is smuggling his diamonds out of the country. By eighteen I changed my mind about becoming a doctor and started to pursue publication. I am married to an amazing guy and we have four kids. I’ve had stories read on radio, and I’m both traditionally and indie published. These days I write Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Romantic Comedy, and use my education in screenwriting to pen Christian Supernatural Suspense scripts.  


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

IfTomorrowComes_InheritanceBooksThe book I inherited was If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon from my mum who is an avid reader. It always amazed me how she worked so hard running her own consultancy business, and still always found time to devour books. Growing up with a mum who loved reading so much, it was hardly surprising that I inherited the same trait. Up until If Tomorrow Comes, I’d been reading teen romances, but it was only when I opened the Sidney Sheldon novel that something inside me clicked and I got a deep, deep desire to write my own novels. This is why If Tomorrow Comes means so much to me. It’s the book that started my dream to become an author. To this day, I still have that copy. It’s travelled with me from Barbados to the UK and from house to house. I don’t intend to ever part with my copy of If Tomorrow Comes.
Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why? 

OfMiceAndMen_InheritanceBooksThe book I’d like to leave to future generations is Of Mice and Men. I haven’t got a paperback copy but I do have it on Kindle, so here is a photo of the cover on my Kindle App. I read the book in school, and I can’t tell you how much it impacted on me. The emotion, the loyalty to friendship, the hopes and dreams unfulfilled. It brings a lump to my throat just remembering this story, and Lennie’s sheer dumb innocence.

 It’s the ultimate, and original, Bro Love story. It’s about loyalty and friendship, and protecting your loved ones no matter what it takes. The kind of unconditional love I pray the generations to come remember is possible.  

Excellent choices! Thank you for sharing your favourite books with us, Monique. Good luck with your own book.

PartyForTwo200x300Monique’s new book Party For Two is available to buy now. You can find out more about Monique by visiting her website, or catching up with her on Facebook,  Goodreads or Twitter (@MoniqueDeVere).


What are your inheritance books? Let us know in the comments.

Inheritance Books: Julie Ryan

Children Reading by Valerie Everett

Today we’ve got Julie Ryan visiting the Inheritance Books sofa. Hi Julie, welcome to Inheritance books. Why don’t you grab a mince pie and tell us a bit about yourself.

DSC_0904 (1)At the age of eleven I decided I wanted to be a French teacher so after University that’s what I trained to be. Then I got a taste for travel and spent a few years teaching in Greece, Poland and Thailand. I didn’t realise at the time what a huge impact living abroad would have on my life. I now live in rural Gloucestershire with my husband, son and two cats; one with half a tail. I constantly draw on my travel experiences in my writing.

When not writing I can be found with my head in a book or treading the boards. I’m a member of our local amateur dramatic group and will be taking part in the annual panto – Oh yes I will! This year it’s ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and I get to play Mystic Peg.

Over the last ten years we have been renovating our semi-derelict property. Hopefully, it won’t be much longer until I have my own study although I’d happily settle for just one room that is finished. I may not be the tidiest person in the world but there’s only so much chaos a person can take!

I’m quite pleased that out of the chaos I’ve managed to produce three novels in the Greek Island mystery series and in a new departure for me, a Christmas humourous romance set in Gloucestershire.

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

Jane Eyre has long been a special book for me. I remember seeing it on the bookshelf for as long as I can remember even though the original copy has long since disappeared to be replaced by another version.

DSCN0964It was one of the books that we read at school for ‘O’ Level and has stayed with me. It can be read on many levels and for me that is its appeal. I think it would be a shame to dismiss it as simply a story of ‘the mad woman in the attic’ as it goes so much further than that. I empathised with Jane as the unlikely heroine; plain, emotionally honest. In contrast Mr Rochester I found less appealing. The tragedy of all their lives is the consequence. It isn’t the typical romantic happy ever after but it is nonetheless timeless.

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

‘L’Etranger’ by Albert Camus was not only the first book I read in French but also my introduction to existentialism. Even the title fascinates me as in English it is often translated as ‘The stranger’ but I think ‘The Outsider’ is more apt.  It is the story of an Algerian condemned for murdering his French friend and one that has stayed with me. Essentially Meursault is condemned by the jury because of his character; he didn’t cry at his mother’s funeral and is shown as not fitting into society because he is different. I think we can all learn to be more forgiving and less judgemental. I have always been fascinated by what motivates people but this book is more a reflection of society and it’s ‘mores’. I’m not sure if ‘why’ is really as important as the rules by which we are judged.

Thank you for sharing your favourite books with us, Julie. Best of luck with your new book.

Julie’s book Callies Christmas Countdown is available to buy now. You can catch up with Julie by visiting her websites ( or, Twitter (@julieryan18) or facebook (

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Inheritance Books: Elle Turner

Children Reading by Valerie Everett

Hello, it’s been a while. I’ve finally brushed down the Inheritance Books sofa in order to welcome Elle Turner. And I’ve got stollen! You’ve got to love stollen. yummmm.

Anyway, welcome to Inheritance Books, Elle. Why don’t you start us off by telling us a bit about yourself.

100_0740Thank you so much, Rhoda, for having me on Inheritance Books! It’s a lovely idea and I’m delighted to be taking part.

My love of books started when I was very young and I first decided to write a book myself when I was eight. I only got as far as chapter headings, though, and these were directly influenced by the books my mum introduced me to that I talk about below. I did have some real friends, but I spent most of my time talking (out loud) to the Famous Five and sleeping with a stuffed dog called Timmy on my feet. My young childhood was definitely characterised by books, sitting by the fire when the weather was bad (as it often was as I live in beautiful, but often wet and windy, Scotland) or in my bed until I could hardly keep my eyes open. I thought in stories, imagined I lived in the books I read and was more than happy with their characters for company. 🙂

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

IMG_1563It’s really my mum who started me off down the path of loving books. She gave me many, but the ones I loved the most were from the Abbey Series by Elsie J. Oxenham. These were stories of young women and schoolgirls growing up by an Abbey near High Wycombe. Red-haired Joan and Joy were the original Abbey Girls and the series followed them into adulthood, with eventually their own children following the original Abbey Girls’ traditions. I only have a few of the books, nowadays they are collectors’ items, but I’d love to track down more in the series one day.

The Abbey Girls were members of the Hamlet Club, they learned elaborate country dances that I wanted to be able to do and spent ages prancing around our living room pretending I could. The girls were chosen to be “May Queens” with their own designated flower and colour associated with their reign. I wore a nightie of my mum’s and rooted through our linen cupboard for something I could use as a train when I was pretending to be a May Queen. I think I used a bath towel in the end, probably not exactly the look the characters were going for! Joy was responsible for me wanting red hair from a young age, something I’ve achieved a few times over the years. Sometimes a female character would “disappear” for a short while only to “reappear” with twins, which I also thought was kinda cool. A bit eerily, fast forward a few years and I too now have twins, so I should probably be grateful I inherited the Abbey books from mum and not, say, a Stephen King novel, or who knows how my life would have turned out. 😉

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

IMG_1560My twin boys are now in their early teens. I think the book I would want to pass on to them is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It was on the syllabus at school when I was just a few years older than they are now and it’s the main book from that time that resonated with me. It’s such a famous book that we probably all know it’s about the burning of books as they are no longer allowed in society. Books are thought to cause unrest and unhappiness as they risk leading people to think. Better to be anaesthetised watching screens the size of walls pump information that doesn’t take too much processing.


Considering it was written in 1953, it’s a scary, but wonderful, book. I remember my English teacher saying that when she first was teaching it, personal Walkman stereos were starting to become popular. This was the advent of people walking about wearing earphones, disconnected from those around them (which I’m not immune to doing, I admit). It struck such a chord with me at the time (around 35 years after the book was written) and I’d love to know how it’s viewed by my guys a further 30 years down the line.

That’s quite a mind-boggling thought. Thank you for sharing your inheritance books with us, Elle. Good luck with your new book.

TAPESTRY_front150dpiElle’s latest book Tapestry is available to buy now. You can find out more about Elle by visiting her on Twitter (@ElleTWriter), Instagram (elletwriter), Facebook (elleturnerwriter) or her website (