Posts under ‘Classics’

Walkabout by James Vance Marshall

 Source: Personal Copy Five words from the blurb: Australia, outback, survival, Aboriginal, cultures Walkabout is a classic book about two American children who become stranded in the Australian outback after a plane crash. They are rescued by an Aboriginal boy who teaches them how to survive in this difficult climate. It is a short, easy […]

News From Nowhere by William Morris

 Source: Personal Copy Five words from the blurb: society, Utopia, Thames, visitor, future The News From Nowhere was published in 1890 and is a fascinating insight into what Victorians imagined life would be like at the end of the 20th century. The book’s narrator, William Guest, falls asleep in 1890 and wakes up a hundred years […]

The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler

 Source: Personal Copy Five words from the blurb: boy, family, world, awakening, growth The Mountain and the Valley is a classic piece of Canadian literature, but is virtually unheard of in the UK. It was brought to my attention by David, a regular commenter on this blog. He persuaded me to give it a try, […]

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

 Source: Personal copy Five words from the blurb: India, slum, fugitive, prison, redemption Shantaram is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It is an amazing story and the fact that most of it actually happened makes it even more incredible. It may be long, but every single page is a joy to read […]

Redwall by Brian Jacques

Five words from the blurb: mice, monastery, attack, evil, rats  Redwall is a classic of children’s literature. I didn’t read it as a child, but my husband has fond memories of it and so bought a copy for our boys. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to give it a try and so offered […]

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Winner of the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Five words from the blurb: Florida, swamp, dangerous, life, survival The Yearling won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1939. I hadn’t heard of it until I stumbled across a mention of the author in a Florida guidebook, but as I always like to read books set […]