From first novels to a real life-changer
The first book I am going to talk about is Tell Me Tomorrow by Lynda Bellingham.
I met her once at the Lincoln Book festival and she was really nice so I was interested to see what her first novel would be like. To be truthful I thought it a bit slow and predictable at the beginning but as it went on I quite enjoyed it. It tells the story of five generations of women and the problems they face and how they cope with them. Lynda has had quite an interesting and eventful life herself and I am sure she has drawn on some of her experiences for this novel.
The second book is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. We read this last month at Book Group and the majority of people loved it, including myself. It tells the tale of Harold, on the face of it a stereotypical retired man set in his ways. He and is wife Maureen seem to have drifted apart. When Harold sets off on his long walk to Berwick on Tweed to try and save his old colleague Queenie, we start to gradually find out what has made Harold the person he is today and why he and Maureen do not communicate any more. It sounds a very strange story but it is a fascinating insight into how certain circumstances can change a person's life. Try it and see what you think.
The third book I am going to tell you about is not a novel and it is not new, but it changed my life. The book is The Positively Productive Writer by Simon Whaley. If you want to become a writer this book is worth every penny. Simon gives brilliant advice and shows you how to keep motivated. Unlike other books on the subject it really gets down to the nitty gritty of what a writer's life is like and how to overcome the hurdles of rejection and writers block and how to make a decent living . I have been lucky enough to go on a couple of Simon's writing courses and I thoroughly recommend them.