My Favourite Books

I’m afraid my choice of reading matter is somewhat old-fashioned and I should explain that since getting ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) I have been unable to focus and see all print double. This means that a great deal depends on the reader of the audio book; a good reader makes most books a joy whereas a bad reader ruins the best of stories.

I tend to read the books I enjoy over and over and these include Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances, all Mary Stewart’s suspense stories, most of what Dick Francis has written, Ellis Peters’s Cadfael books and almost all Terry Pratchett’s Discworld stories (especially the Witches and Captain Vimes).

I am also very fond of children’s books: Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce, Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden, When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson, Marianne Dreams byCatherine Storr and The Railway Children by E. Nesbit.

But top of my list must be: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, read by Jenny Agutter - marvellous!