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Much Ado associate Kay Hussey describes five of her favourite books:

The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes

Following the break up of his relationship, a young man sends the ‘new man’ a malicious letter.  Years later and now retired, he receives a lawyer’s letter and begins to learn the consequences of his actions. tWe are fed information as he remembers the events – but are his memories reliable? Constructed like a whodunnit, with rare power!

Somewhere Towards the End – Diana Athill

An honest account of old age, a life lived and the inevitable! This beautifully written book from a remarkable and interesting woman is moving, stoic and ultimately uplifting.

Burning Bright – Tracy Chavalier

An historical novel set in 18th Century Lambeth, during the time of the French Revolution. The book is populated with real people of the time, including poet and artist Wililam Blake, hard at work on 'Songs of Innocense and Experience'. A young teenage boy who has moved from rural Dorset meets a streetwise local girl, and together they befriend and are fascinated by the artist, who challenges them to consider whether they are innocents or experienced. We follow our protagonists as they negotiate the city and meet its people, makign this an entertaining and easy read.

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Set in a Deep South town in the 1930s and told through the eyes of an innocent girl as she and her brother witness their lawyer father defend a black man charged with attacking a white girl. The father knows it is unlikely he can save the man, even though it is obvious he is innocent. In this engaging coming of age story, the children learn about injustice, prejudice, bigotry and ultimately the importance of integrity and compassion. An engrossing and affecting book.

The Old Man and the Sea – Earnest Hemmingway

An old fisherman loses his apprentice to another boat, after a prolonged spell of unsuccessful fishing. This sparsely written book details his solo trip and epic battle to land a giant fish, to keep alive and prove his worth to the villagers and the boy.


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