Good Reads 2013

category_icons03GOOD READS 2013 – When I was the TV reviewer for BBC Wildlife magazine, the editor would not let me write a review about a bad programme. It was less than honest and made for duller copy. However, I am taking a leaf out of her book as I’d love you to spend the Christmas period being transported by wonderful books and giving them as gifts to others. Here is my selection of the books I’ve liked best this year.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey has to be the perfect winter present with its hauntingly snow-childbeautiful descriptions – ‘She could not fathom the hexagonal miracle of snowflakes formed from clouds, crystallized fern and feather that tumble down to light on a coat sleeve, white stars melting…’ – and its poignant relationship between Jack, Mabel and the child they believe they have created out of grief and longing and snow.

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The Frightening Beauty of Being Human

category_star80THE FRIGHTENING BEAUTY OF BEING HUMAN – The Humans by Matt Haig

5starsProfessor Andrew Martin, Cambridge mathematician, is dead. An alien, in his body, returns in his place. That would normally be enough to make me switch off, turn away, put the book down – but bear with me – The Humans is utterly brilliant. Everyone should have a copy.

The alien-Andrew Martin lands, not in his office as anticipated, but on a 51y66G4dZNL._SL500_AA300_-e1363387309581motorway. Naked. Passersby hurl abuse and spit, leading to an unfortunate, albeit temporary idea, that this is the standard greeting on earth.

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