Once – Morris Gleitzman

“Everyone deserves to have something good in their life. At least once.” Shockingly, I had not even heard of this book until recently. Teaching World War II to eight year olds, I was researching ‘quality texts’ to enrich their learning. I came across this book during my search and bought it, thinking – naively –…

Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami

“When it’s raining like this,” said Naoko, “it feels as if we’re the only ones in the world. I wish it would just keep raining so the three of us could stay together.” Murakami needs no introduction. If you have read none of his work yet, then change this right now. Order a copy of…

The World According To Garp – John Irving

“In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases.” When I began reading this book, I was confused. It featured in at least the top 20 of many lists of ‘100 books to read before you die’, and anyone who knows me knows I love to peruse these lists to ensure I’m reading/have…