Read in rush hour

16 Jan

This year is all about trying to look on the bright side and yes, I have to commute from the south of London to the north every day, the majority of my hour and half squashed under someone’s armpit while sandwiched between bulging rucksacks and tube pole huggers (you know who you are!), but hey it’s enough time to get stuck into a book. What joy!

The Kindle has ruined any ‘what’s everybody reading?’ curiosity on public transport, so here’s some of my faves for whiling away rush hour.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett  – Perhaps it resonated with me growing up in Apartheid South Africa, but the sass and courage of the women in this tale set  in America’s Deep South in the 60s is incredibly moving.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Burrows – Another story about courage in adversity, this time on occupied Guernsey during World War II and told through letters by the captivating characters. It’s put the Channel Isles on my must-visit list.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – A mystery set in Barcelona involving books, family intrigue and murder. It had me hooked.

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld – I was enthralled by this biographical tale said to be based on Laura Bush, and if so gave me new perspective on Dubya.

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga – Set in present day India (with its poverty, corruption, tragedy exposed), right from the beginning you know the lead character is a murderer, yet you can’t stop yourself from finding him and his woes endearing.


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