Book Corner

With more time on our hands, some of us will turn to books. They can be our companions, entertainers, mind stretchers, comedians or simply really good story tellers.

Remember you don’t have to physically have a book (though personally I do prefer the feel of paper). Your library can offer ebooks and magazines, and they can be purchased through Amazon at a cost, or free on a Kindle. Book Bub is a free ebook provider too.

And don’t forget Audio books (You can get buy CDS or subscribe to Audible (a branch of Amazon) You can buy one offs at a higher price or you pay a monthly subscription £7.99 for 3 downloads. This is a great way to get them as long as you actually listen to them. They are not cheating. Any way of enjoying books is totally acceptable. The only thing to watch is if you fall asleep while listening and then you have to find the point in the story where to dropped off! How do I know this????? Ha ha!

Here are some of my suggestions.


Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of nostalgia? Just because we are grown ups there is nothing to stop us revisiting the stories we loved as children

  • The Railway Children – Edith Nesbitt
  • The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S.Lewis
  • Biggles – W.E. Johns
  • Father Brown – GK Chesterton
  • The Enid Blyton school stories – St Clare’s and Mallory Towers
  • Elinor Brent Dyer – any
  • The Hobbit – Tolkein

Little Gems

Sometimes the length of a book can be off putting especially if it is very long. I am one of these people and here are my recommendations. Such delightful stories

  • The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennet
  • The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler
  • The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun Mi Hwang
  • The Peculiar Life of the Lonely Postman by Denis Theriault
  • A little Book of Haiku by Glen Alberto Salazar
  • The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
  • Silence by Erling Kagge


Short Stories

These are becoming more popular and I love them.

I will list some here soon.


Catch up on Classics

How about reading one of those classic you always meant to read but never got round to? Here are a few suggestions

  • Dickens – Dombey and Son, The Mystery of Edwin Drew
  • Bronte – Agnes Grey
  • Austen – Sanditon, Northanger Abbey
  • Zola – Nana, Germinal
  • Dumas – The Vicompt of Bragelonne, The Black Tulip
  • George Eliot – The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner

Laugh out loud (or at least smile)

Humour is subjective but these are a few I think might make you smile.

  • Five on Brexit Island,
  • Five Go Absolutely Nowhere
  • Five Get Gran Online
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman
  • Carry on Jeeves by P.G. Woodhouse
  • Grown Ups Marion Keys

Mystery, Thrillers and Detective

Richard Osman – The Thursday Murder Club

This is a really good yarn set in a retirement village, mixing murder, great characterisation, twists and humour. I am sure he has more novels up his sleeve.

Sebastian Faulks

  • Engleby
  • A Week in December
  • Paris Echo

Peter May

A contemporary writer whose book contain elements of different genres – crime, mystery, suspense. Eminently readable and his books are real page turners. Several set in Scotland.

  • The Black House
  • Lewis Man
  • The Chessmen
  • Runaway

Josephine Tey

She has been described as the classic crime writer so if you haven’t read her I suggest you give her a try. I read The Franchaise Affair as a teenager and the story remained with me ever since. Would also recommend The Man in the Queue

Val McDirmid

She is one of the best known crime writers and has written numerous novels. She writes excellent, gripping stories but they can be graphic and violent so be warned

J.K Rowling aka Robert Galbraith.

She is known for her Cormoran Strike novels. The books I think are better than the shorter TV adaptations but it is hard to forget Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger as Cormoran and Robin. An easy read.

  1. D. James. I have this writer. Beautifully crafted books and plots. They tend to be long and complex, matched by the language she uses but well worth a read. She has written a one-off science Fiction Children of Men and the Adam Dalgleish series, poet/detective hero.

Jo Nesbo – a Scandinavian writer. Described as Nordic Noir. Really enjoyable.

What Genre?

Sometimes it is hard to pigeonhole a book into a particular category. Here are some of these:

Magnus Mills.

I love the books that I have read by him. Very gentle, a little odd, so maybe fantasy but worth giving him a go.

  • All Quiet on the Orient Express
  • Three to See the King

Helen Dunmore. I discovered this writer a long time ago when she was known for her poetry. She then became a novelist. I absolutely love her writing. Plenty to choose from.

  • Mourning Ruby
  • Burning Bright
  • The Siege
  • The Lie
  • Exposure

Comfortable reads – These books are just an enjoyable read

  • The Librarian – Sally Viccars
  • Grandmothers – Sally Viccars
  • The Bookshop on the Shore – Jenny Colgan
  • Never Greener – Ruth Jones
  • Any book by Louise Candlish


Poems aren’t always a quick read and needs some time. Here are some of my favourite ones.

  • Lemm Sessay
  • Rowan Williams
  • Dannie Abse
  • Carol Ann Duffy
  • Gillian Clarke


Finally, I want to add

Graphic Novels.

I have only just discovered this genre. I always thought of these as Batman or Superman like my children enjoyed with plenty of ZAP! POW! BOOM! But no. These are works of art, where the pictures are just as important as the words in the tale.

The ones I have read are by Posey Simmons

  • Tamara Drew
  • Cassandra Darke


If you would like to recommend a book and add it to this list please mail