‘an intriguing read . . . keeps the reader guessing . . . a lot to enjoy in this romp through the Cambridge Commons . . . a strong sense of place and a narrative style that is both energetic and engaging.’ [Dead Letters]

- Margaret Murphy, SHERLOCK

Ten books that have stayed with me

A couple of weeks ago, my friend, Daniella, tagged me on Facebook. “List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. It is not about the ‘right’ book or great work of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Does not have to be in order.’

I should then have nominated 10 friends to be tagged in turn. I am hopeless at this. By the time I have got round to it, all my friends have already been tagged by someone and there is no-one left to choose.  But I did write my list – pretty much off the top of my head and here it is:

Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate

L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Sarah Waters, Fingersmith

Lawrence Block, Out on the Cutting Edge

Taichi Yamada, Strangers

Susan Coolidge, What Katy Did at School

Margaret Wise Brown, Goodnight Moon

Susan Varley, Badger’s Parting Gifts

Joyce Dennys, Henrietta’s War

Note that I am not saying these are the best or even my favourite books, just a few that have stayed with me. This list is all fiction. Maybe I’ll do non-fiction another time.

I like a booklist. There’s one on a recent post here: and Moira at has some good lists.


  1. moira @ Clothes in Books
    September 13, 2014

    Thanks for the shoutout! Interesting list. I know Block but not that book, and I only came across the Badger book on someone else’s recent list, and Henrietta because you mentioned it. Never heard of the Taichi Yamada. I’m off to look them up now: that’s what I like about reading the lists.

  2. Christine Poulson
    September 14, 2014

    The Taichi Yamada is haunting. I do recommend it. Badger’s Parting Gifts is a wonderful children’s picture book which I read with my daughter after my mother died.


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