Linda recommends…

This is the first contribution to what we hope will be a regular feature where local readers choose their favourite books from Milton library. Here, Linda Lewis identifies some terrific books.

I have so many favourite books! Although l love crime for easy reads my favourite books are always those that make me thoughtful and questioning. Here are just three of them:

Helen Dunmore, The Siege
A harrowing but so descriptive account of one young woman’s struggle for survival during the grip of the German siege of Leningrad. A plot that flows and enthrals.

Chris Cleave, The Other Hand
A beautifully written and very thought-provoking book about the plight and eventual triumph of a young Nigerian refugee who returns home after experiencing life in a British detention centre.

Michael Morpurgo, Private Peaceful.
Michael Morpurgo is a well-known children’s author, perhaps best known for Warhorse. At first I objected to reading a children’s book, one suggested by the Book Club, but it taught me a lesson. This emotional and gripping story reduced me to tears. Two brothers, inseparable and loyal, volunteer to fight in the trenches of the First World War. Their loyalty to one another finds its ultimate test on the battlefield.

For me, the moral of this final choice was: never scorn the teenage section of the library shelves.

February – March 2020