MY YEAR OF THRILLERS – The expression on his face was more confusing to Tom than if he had focused a gun on him. The face was friendly, smiling and hopeful.
The Talented My Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
I’m writing a psychological thriller at the moment and, to get to grips with a genre quite different from my own (literary, historical), I’ve spent the last two years reading thrillers.
GOOD 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 beautiful 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.