More Top Books for Self-Isolation
More of our suggestions for books to read and enjoy. Please send in your countryside good reads and we’ll feature the favourites!
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
One of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World'
'Brilliant ... very probably the funniest book ever written' - Sunday Times
'Screamingly funny and wildly subversive' - Marian Keyes, Guardian
When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. At the aptly-named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the doomed Starkadders: cousin Judith, heaving with remorse for unspoken wickedness; Amos, preaching fire and damnation; their sons, lustful Seth and despairing Reuben; child of nature Elfine; and crazed old Aunt Ada Doom, who has kept to her bedroom for the last twenty years. But Flora loves nothing better than to organise other people. Armed with common sense and a strong will, she resolves to take each of the family in hand. A hilarious and ruthless parody of rural melodramas and purple prose, Cold Comfort Farm is one of the best-loved comic novels of all time.
The Country Child – Alison Uttley
A semi-autobiographical story about a girl growing up in the country. Alison Uttley has drawn on her own youth to produce memories so vivid and nostalgic that you can almost smell the honeysuckle and hear the owls calling at dusk. She writes about the small intense joys and sorrows of life on a small farm: the fun of haymaking, the sadness of favourite animals being slaughtered, and the close sweetness of Christmas celebrations in the farmhouse kitchen.
The Merest Loss – Steven Neil
When Harriet Howard becomes Louis Napoleon’s mistress and financial backer appearing at his side in Paris in 1848, it is as if she has emerged from nowhere. How did the English daughter of a Norfolk bootmaker meet the future Emperor? Who is the mysterious Nicholas Sly and what is his hold over Harriet? The plot centres on Harriet’s relationships with Louis Napoleon and famous Grand National winning jockey, Jem Mason.
The worlds of horse racing, hunting and government provide the scope for rural settings to contrast with the city scenes of London and Paris and for racing skulduggery to vie with political chicanery.
The Fairacre Festival - Miss Read
The first day of October brings an unheralded and violent storm, which whips through Fairacre, blowing down trees and telephone poles -- and, worst of all, damaging the roof of St. Patrick's Church. The inhabitants of tiny Fairacre can't imagine how they will be able to afford the repairs, until Mr. Willett suggests a fundraising festival. Preparations for a food sale, a concert, a school play, and a gigantic Christmas bazaar are soon made -- but will they be enough? With her customary humour and grace, Miss Read recounts a story of catastrophe and courage.
We hope you enjoy the recommendations! Let us know if you have read or plan to read any of the above.