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After I graduated from University I was overwhelmed by the idea of being able to read fiction once again.

I studied a course in Writing, which gave me the opportunity to indulge in great masterpieces, and although I refer to these constantly and many of them are worn from re-reading, I really missed being able to indulge in a piece of great fiction for the 'fun of it'.

I discovered Iain Banks (aka Iain M. Banks) in a local market in Falmouth, Cornwall last year. I know I'm very late on the Banks bus, but I thought I'd tip my hat to him via a small article.

I haven't yet read his sci-fi works, but I have read Whit (1995), Espedair Street (1987) and The Business (1999). I'm so impressed with his ability to write his characters so well, and take on their voices whether they are male or female. I've never found a male Author who's adopted a woman protagonist and written her role so well before. The best I'd ever read was Sue Townsend's wonderful character: Adrian Mole. But Kate Telman in The Business was impressive, to the point where I managed to over-look what I believe was one flaw, which was the character's music taste (no high-end, sophisticated woman listens to Sheryl Crow. In fact, no-one listens to Sheryl Crow).

So on discovering some books, as well as Iain banks during the year after my graduation I'd like to share with you novels I've re-discovered or only just discovered and fallen in love with:

  • Patti Smith Just Kids (2010): Smith's memoirs are truly the most beautiful and poetically written pieces of art I've read. Not only are they a wonderful insight into such an interesting and important woman's life, but also an insight to other people of the punk and rock and roll era, which if you're into as much as me; you will love this read.

  • Richard Yates Revolutionary Road (1961): You know those great 60s films you watch? Those one's that are beautifully directed and acted? This is the book version.

  • Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar (1963): I revisit this one as often as I can. Every time it's tragic but magic.

  • Douglas Adams Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987)

  • Philip Pulman's Dark Materials Trilogy

  • Yann Martel- Life of Pie (2001)

If you haven't read the above list of books yet, I suggest you do.


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