My favourite book is Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, also Pride & Prejudice.
I collect antiquarian books and have a beautiful old leather bound copy of Pride & Prejudice which is illustrated by Hugh Thompson.
My favourite books when I was a child were The Little Women series and though I haven't read them for years now I still have fond memories of them and like to read about the Alcott family.
My two favourite writers are Margaret Forster and Geraldine Brooks but I can't pick a favourite one.
A book I have read many, many times: "Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman.This never fails to make me laugh.
I know what you mean, I too am a lover of anything Victorian but I don't think the reality would be so good especially if you were working class. I do admire the inventiveness of the time.
Black Beauty has to be it read as a child & never forgotten.
I have never been a reader but way back in my younger years I read a book by James Herbert called
" The Rats" it was a brilliant read as soon as I laid the book down my wife would pick it up and start reading it the story never lulled it was full of detail and very well written, next I read the Fluke very clever story there was a couple of others and then It got really heavy and confusing. I couldn't stick with the stories I got lost so it was good bye Mr Herbert.
the next book that I found was the ultimate Alphabet in the mid 1980s The "S" page was printed in the Scottish Sunday Mail as a competition to see how many things you could spot on the page to win a copy of the book. So we got started but no luck My birthday was due soon so my wife bought me a copy as a present we could not lay it down we bought reference books old books from charity shops large magnifying glass and we would do it into the wee small hours time passed so quickly.
There was a pamphlet with words from A-Z to help you out but not everything in the book was on the pamphlet, I still have the book and it is still in good condition but I lost the pamphlet through continual use it disintegrated with time this was the Paperback version I was able to pick up a hard back version from a charity shop , the book was created by Mike Wilks he would put on each page a snail a self portrait or his name in which obviously you had to look for. Now my daughters have them and they are enjoying them as much as my wife and I did.
The Books are collector Items now as Mike gave up printing them, you can get them from Amazon at a decent price but others are asking high amounts for mint conditions.
I've always loved fantasy novelists like Tolkien but I've recently discovered a writer called Graham Joyce. You need to believe in fairies, I'm afraid, to enjoy his work. If you like thrillers try anything by Linwood Barclay, for love stories Jojo Moyes is an easy read and for dramas I recommend you read Paul Torday's books.
Basically, I will read any genre and I regularly get sent books by Waterstones to review; it's a great way to discover new authors like Gavin Extence. However, my true love is Sci-Fi and my favourite book of all time is The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov. I reread it about every 5 years and would love it to be made into a film but, sadly, the project has been shelved several times.
My husband is an enormous Tolkien fan and he persuaded me to read LOTR when we were first married but I wasn't converted. I do like SF though especially old style like Asimov and my particular favourite, John Wyndham.
I love reading too and would love to know how you can get books sent to you to review. Did you regularly review books for them?
Hi Sal. If you send an email to publishers, they will tell you how to get into proofreading.
Basically, reviewing books, but also checking for spelling mistakes.
Hope this helps!
My favourite book is 'Alone in Berlin' by Hans Fallada. It reminds me how lucky I am not to have lived in that period & what a terrible time the Jews had in Berlin but also how some survived through sheer tenacity & some luck or fate