Nancy's 13 Books for the Shipwreck...
this desert island library will last you for years...because they stay in your mind forever.
1. Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
This is about a taboo subject (a school massacre) and you will be amazed at the skill with which the author tangos with the language - like a devil at midnight! Such bang and heart! May the TANG be with you!
2. Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky
This is a must-read if you are suffering from heartbreak and are drinking too much red wine. And we all have had our hearts broken...
3. Chuck Norris Cannot be Stopped by Ian Spector
some silliness in between classics - for women and men alike. We all need a laugh.
4. Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron
he also wrote Sophie's Choice - this slim volume goes a long way to describing how depression can cripple you til it's impossible to get out of bed.
5. A Fortunate Life by A. B Facey
tells the brutal story of a young Australian boy's childhood into manhood and how sweetly he perceived life despite its terrors.
6. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
simply stunning! don't trust tigers you find in your boat - they will hurt you no matter how much you need them.
7. The Power and The Glory by Graham Greene
everyone needs to hear lessons from a whiskey priest
8. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
read the book first - it's better than the film. It's about Love, really. And death - the slaughter of a Ukrainian village by the Nazis.
9. The Trial by Franz Kafka
one man lost in the nightmare maze of bureaucracy, a life wasted without explanation.
10. The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
the tragic backstory to the mad wife of Rochester in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - this empathises with her and saves her from being an unknown stereotype.
11. The Cartographer by Peter Twohig
a kid's memoire about getting over his twin's death and life in Melbourne, Australia in 1959. One for Aussie baby boomers especially, who'll recall certain bits of life back then eg Art Linkletter's TV show we all watched.
12. On Shakespeare by John Bell
a really interesting read about Bell's adult life spent with Shakespeare as a director and actor and producer of his plays. very easy to read and will teach you to love Shakespeare - it made me read Titus Andronicus! (now that's one bloodthirsty play!)
and finally THIS will entertain you for the entirety of your life -
13. Complete Shakespeare
if you can read his plays chronologically because you have just read John Bell's book (#12) then you do not really need to worry about being on a desert island that doesn't have a bookshop! His plays and poems are about humans and our failings - nothing has really changed about our flaws. And he's the best chap to write about them.