Books I have enjoyed in 2016-17

Posted on January 6, 2017 in Copywriting, Editing/Proofreading, Writing books

One way to improve your writing skills is to read quality, well written books.  Here are a few books that I read and enjoyed in 2016.  They come with my recommendation (I ditched about half as many again).  Let me know what you think of them.

The books marked * are relatively new (the Burnet book was on the Booker Prize shortlist in 2016); the others are older … but they are all worth reading.

  • I know why the caged bird sings – Maya Angelou
  • Essays in Love – Alain de Botton
  • His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet *
  • Disgrace – JM Coetze
  • The Beginning of Spring – Penelope Fitzgerald
  • The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
  • A Single Man – Christopher Isherwood
  • Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • This Boy – Alan Johnson *
  • Common People – Alison Light *
  • Amongst Women – John McGahern
  • Housekeeping – Marilynne Richardson
  • Conrad and Eleanor – Jane Rogers *
  • The Boy with the Topknot – Sathnam Sanghera *
  • Samuel Pepys – Clare Tomalin
  • Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont – Elizabeth Taylor
  • Breathing Lessons – Anne Tyler
  • Joy in the Morning – P G Wodehouse



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