A Writer Reads

Meet Clare Balding’s four-legged family friends

This month’s pickings are slim, I’m afraid as a result of all the travelling.

I’ve been in the midst of writing and I sometimes find it difficult to read without being influenced by the tone of another writers’ work. I decided not to read thrillers when I was deep into the plot of my latest novel, and so moved to women’s fiction. Sadly, even that had an impact – as I read a particularly hilarious novel I found I was introducing jokes into my thriller! Not a good idea.

However, having sat next to the lovely Clare Balding at dinner I felt compelled to read one of her books, so this one is a bit outside the norm in terms of my usual reading.

The other choice for this month from Erin Kelly has been heaped with praise and is bang on my kind of reading.

My Animals and Other FamilyMy Animals Clare Balding

I was intrigued by this because the original Gerald Durrell book, My Family and Other Animals, was one of my all-time favourites when I was about fifteen. In this book about Clare Balding’s early life, she paints a vivid picture of the dogs and horses that she grew up with and the book made me smile (and cry in one place). What an amazing young life she had. 

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He Said She SaidHe Said/She Said

Erin Kelly is such a good writer! You only need to read the reviews from other writers such as a couple of my favourites – Sharon Bolton and Clare Mackintosh – to realise what an amazing book this is. Red Magazine calls it “a clever, compulsive read” and The Telegraph says that Erin Kelly “ascends to a new plane of ingenuity” – so what more can I say!

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