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'Save from the waves'

By Sarah Hutchings

'Save from the waves'

I'm not very good at lists so this is my choice of books to save from the waves today. Yesterday it could have been a completely different story...

1) 'The Bone People' Keri Hulme
I love the rhythm of the language in this book and the wild, remote New Zealand landscapes she describes. And I find it inspirational that the author worked and re-worked the novel over a twelve year period. I'm funny like that.

2) 'Oyster' Janette Turner Hospital
A chilling tale of Australian outback weirdness.

3) 'On the Black Hill' Bruce Chatwin
A quaint and heartwrenching story about the deep bond between male twins in rural Wales.

4) 'Who Will Run the Frog Hospital' Lorrie Moore
Alongside 'A Member of the Wedding' by Carson McCullers this is my favourite tale of childhood friendship. Touching and beautifully written.

5) 'Riddley Walker'
Russell Hoban
A post apocalyptic tale that is strange, haunting and unique. Once you get used to the Clockwork Orangesque language you'll be fine. There's a glossary at the back, which makes it easier.

This page was first added to The Deckchair website on 18/03/2008.

This page was amended on 17/08/2011
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