‘Tis the season to… stress out about Christmas shopping, well if you’re anything like me anyway. Not to fear though, there are plenty of bookish gifts out there! Read on for some inspiration…
I’ve booked flights and topped up my vaccinations, so I guess it’s official – I’m escaping my London life for a couple of months at the beginning of 2016. Although I don’t have any concrete plans, I’ll be arriving in Bali and hope to explore the rest of Indonesia. Then I’ll probably hop over to Vietnam for a week or two – but who knows where my feet will take me!
I still have a couple of months until I leave, but I’ve already started a vague packing list in my mind. And what’s more important than deciding on an appropriate book or two?
So readers, this is where you come in! Please comment below with recommendations for books to get me in the mood for my trip. Any books set in Indonesia or Vietnam, or books that might teach me a bit about the culture and history before I go. Also, feel free to recommend places to visit too!
I doubt I could have entered into Michel Faber’s world with a better book. I started at the very beginning (and what a début!) with Under the Skin. It really was like entering a different world. It’s the type of book that you have to put down at intervals, to have a stunned couple of recovery breaths.
Isserley, the unusual anti-heroine/ heroine, is introduced in the first paragraph as a driver sizing up hitch-hikers. She’s “looking for big muscles: a hunk on legs. Puny, scrawny specimens were no use to her”.
Less than a page in and the reader is already feeling uncomfortable. There’s something unsettling about this book. And this feeling intensifies as the book progresses. With each new hitch-hiker, another piece of the puzzle is revealed. Continue reading