Hello and welcome to another instalment of Desert Island Books! This is a monthly feature where I chat to bloggers, authors and people from the book industry about the books they love.
The premise is simple – imagine you have ended up on a desert island. You have sufficient food and clean water but you need something to occupy your mind. You can bring 5 books with you to your island paradise, but what would they be? And why? Oh, and you’re also allowed to bring a fictional character from literature with you, who would you choose?
Hi I’m Faith Hogan, I write grown-up women’s fiction which is unashamedly feel-good and uplifting. I live in the West of Ireland with my husband – Mr H, our four children and our adorable, but busy chocolate Labrador named Penny. Apart from reading, writing and lockdown-homeschooling, I like to go for long walks and I’m a total sucker for a good view! To be honest, I’m absolutely delighted to be dreaming up Desert Island book choices for an escape in the sun and the idea of uninterrupted reading – if Theo James could be thrown in as a man Friday to make the coffee, that would be just perfect!
I’m published by Head of Zeus and in May this year, my sixth novel THE LADIES MIDNIGHT SWIMMING CLUB will be in bookshops, it’s currently available to pre-order.
You can find Faith Hogan at her website or on the following social media channels.
The Ladies’ Midnight Swimming Club has been described as the The Calendar Girls meets The Lido. It’s published in ebook on the 6th May and in paperback on the 13th May.
Desert Island Books
Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher
So, as I begin to scan my bookshelves, the first books to jump out at me are Rosamunde Pilcher’s. This is a writer that I absolutely adored. Each of her books feels as if I’m slipping down into a comfort blanket and the world is always a much lovelier place when I re-emerge. It is not just the stories that are engaging, but also the characters, the strong sense of place and the relationships that carry you away. The difficulty is picking out a favourite. Perhaps I’d choose WINTER SOLISTICE, just because it has the most delicious ending!
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
These days there are a few writers that I am just waiting for their new release; Curtis Sittenfeld is one of these. For me, AMERICAN WIFE is one I would love to lose myself in again. As with Sittenfelds other books, this is a story of fiction, loosely intertwined with facts. It’s an absorbing read and one I’d highly recommend.
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
And then, where would we be without Kate Atkinson. Everything she’s written has been utterly brilliant. However, head and shoulders about the rest are the Jackson Brody books, it’s very hard, if not impossible to pick a favourite here – could I bring them all? No? Well, okay then, it has to be ONE GOOD TURN. This, like the motif running through it, is like opening up a gift of Russian dolls, each time you think you’re finally there, you find there’s just a little more to do. Of course, the characters are drawn to perfection, Edinburgh is wonderfully real and then there’s Jackson…
And so, then there were just two! Can I wiggle a series in? Will anyone notice? I’m sure Theo won’t tell if you don’t! The problem is that there are just too many, I mean, who wouldn’t want to bring the whole series of Agatha Christie? Or all of the PD James books? Or indeed, a hefty box of Maeve Binchey’s? No?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Okay, then for the next one, it has to be something that can be read again and again, Jane Austen? Yes, it’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. I don’t think I need to say another word… do I? It has everything and even now, thinking of reading it just gives me all the feels – divine!
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Finally, I remember the first time I read IVANHOE so clearly that it will probably always stay with me. It was a second hand edition, the pages well yellowed, the edges well frayed, but I was fourteen years old and completely lost myself in it. If I had a few days on an island, I think it would be the perfect book to lose myself in once again.
A Fictional Character
If you could share the island with a fictional character, who would it be?
One more thing, I’ve just spotted, I can bring a character with me… is this with Theo or must we leave him at home? Okay, well, then it has to be a tie between Miss Marple, who would definitely liven things up and Jackson Brody, well, there’s no way things could get boring with either of these two about 😊
My thanks to Faith for sharing her Desert Island Books with me.
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