Books to Read Again

With my DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis (posh person’s repetitive strain injury), I’ve been writing less and reading more. And Going to Things. Less of a home body and more of a woman about town on the cultural scene in Oxford.
Blackwell’s Bookshop hosted an author event with Roma Tearne on her latest novel ‘The Last Pier’. I was enthralled, bought it and read it at top speed and offered to present it at our neighbourhood book club.
There’s nothing like an imminent presentation by you to make you read a book twice, and in this case I was delighted to do so. Such lovely writing and vivid characters and such a twisty plot! Soon I realised that I hadn’t completely understood the story but was mesmerised by the masterly telling of it. I will happily read it a third time, and would love to hear from anyone else who has read it.
Last year I presented Adam Foulds’ ‘The Quickening Maze’. Re-reading this gave the same huge pleasure that my first reading gave.
Isn’t this what differentiates a great book from a good book?
Do you agree? What other books would you add to this list of two?



  1. I read ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ about once a year and I always take something different from it.


  2. Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll read Catcher in the Rye again now.


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