Preparing for my MA and for teaching advanced writing and creative writing (prose) from October I have been bathing in a pool of books this summer, which is something of a dream come true.
Did you know Virginia Woolf read a book a day when she wasn’t writing? That’s awesome. As I read I focussing not only on the structure and approaches used by the writer to achieve his or her story, but I’m working on picking up my reading speed again – now that reading is less for absolute pleasure and more for improvement the more I read the better. After all, what is a writer that doesn’t read?!
Here is the list – I’d love to have your recommendations if you’ve read any of these.
Peter Carey Parrot and Oliver in America (Faber and Faber)
Emma Donoghue Room (Pan MacMillan – Picador)
Helen Dunmore The Betrayal (Penguin – Fig Tree)
Damon Galgut In a Strange Room (Grove Atlantic – Atlantic Books)
Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury)
Andrea Levy The Long Song (Headline Publishing Group – Headline Review)
Tom McCarthy C (Random House – Jonathan Cape)
David Mitchell The Thousand Autumns of Zacob de Zoet (Hodder & Stoughton – Sceptre)
Lisa Moore February (Random House – Chatto & Windus)
Paul Murray Skippy Dies (Penguin – Hamish Hamilton)
Rose Tremain Trespass (Random House – Chatto & Windus)
Christos Tsiolkas The Slap (Grove Atlantic – Tuskar Rock)
Alan Warner The Stars in the Bright Sky (Random House – Jonathan Cape)