Literary expert Claire Harris, from Lutyens & Rubinstein, lists her top reads for half term.
Because of the Lockwoods, Dorothy Whipple
Very excitingly, Persephone Books have just released a new edition by one of their best-loved authors, Dorothy Whipple. This book, like her others, is unputdownable as the reader is whipped into a fury at the humiliatilons and injustices suffered by the Hunter family at the hands of the Lockwoods in a small northern town. As well as being compulsively readable, it gives great insight into the lives of women and the class distinctions of the day.
Do No Harm, Henry Marsh
This non-fiction book has been longlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize. I started it late one evening and finished it the next afternoon. Henry Marsh is on of the top consultant neurosurgeons in the country and Do No Harm is a hugely compelling and honest account of the excitement, difficulties and tragedies encountered through operating on that most complex of organs, the human brain. Do not be turned away by the subject matter – this is a fascinating, moving and human tribute to the patients, staff and everyone else involved in a hospital today.
Completion, Tim Walker
A lighter note… A London novel, specifically Highgate Hill and the pitfalls and perils of the property market as experienced by one family. This is a very funny but pertinent observation of our obsession with property and, specifically, our homes, taking us from Highgate to the south of France and Dubai as each family member makes their own life and home.
Penguin Book of Ghost Stories
With Halloween in mind, this is the perfect book to get in the mood for ghosts and ghouls even if the weather seems to have forgotten which season we are in … There is a range of classic ghost stories here from the doom-laden Signal-Man by Dickens, through stories by Edith Wharton and M R James and includes that most chilling of ghost stories, the Monkey’s Paw. Close the curtains, light the pumpkins and enjoy a fright-night of stories! lutyensrubinstein