They entertain us. They inspire us. They make us laugh. They make us cry. They scare us. They leave us aghast and wanting more. They help us write essays and pass our modules. Okay, maybe the last one wasn’t as exciting as all the others in that list.. but one thing is for certain: books – whether in physical or in digital form – are great and enrich our lives. Happy ‘World Book Day’ everyone!
Remember when you were at primary school and there was that one time of year when the school assembly hall was transformed into your very own book shop? When you had just imagined that perfect book you wanted to buy, only to be left crushed after finding out you hadn’t returned the reservation slip from the mini book catalogue to your teacher in time? And now that annoying kid in class has YOUR copy of your dream book? Well, it’s that time of year again! Today marks the 20th anniversary of ‘World Book Day’ and to commemorate this milestone, we asked some of Queen’s Radio’s members about their favourite books to snuggle up on the sofa with. Do you recognise any?
Matt Kirk – Presenter of Maximum RPM
The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom: Wrestling with themes of love, loss, sacrifice and the very meaning of an individual’s existence, this touching story follows Eddie, an elderly mechanic at a seaside fairground, as he looks back upon his life with five important people from his past. It is a heartwarming and surprisingly positive book that brings as many smiles as floods of tears (the good kind!).
Addison Patterson – Deputy Head of Music
Beloved by Toni Morrison: Such a conflicting read in that the subject matter, the long-lasting effects of slavery on generations of African Americans – in particular the family unit – is so emotive and dark but written in the most beautiful, moving way. A must read for anyone big on symbolism and magic realism.
Chantelle Harvey – Presenter of Alternative Airwaves
Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald: An anthology of short stories depicting the extreme highs and the extreme lows of the 1920s and 1930s; F. Scott Fitzgerald examines the darkness behind every dazzling light that sparked the iconic romances, parties, and glee of excess reminiscent of the Roaring 20s. Every short story is poetically written and uses emotion as a means to stun, horrify, and capture even the coldest heart.
Alex Reid – Presenter of The Deep Dive
The Road by Cormac McCarthy: I’ve never been so delightfully depressed in my life.
Chloe Herron – Deputy Head of Entertainment
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: Wilde’s writing style is irrefutably beautiful, and paired with insight into his contemporary society’s stance on immorality and vanity, you will definitely want to read this book several times over.
Eilís Lee – Head of Events/Presenter of Wednesdazed & Confused
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay by Michael Chabon: A beautiful brick of a book about WW2, immigrants, New York, Jewish folklore, comics, art, love and so much more. Maybe even more relevant in our post-Trump world than it was when it was first published.
Fiona Fitwi – Deputy Head of Events/Presenter of Your Biggest Fan
Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace: It isn’t one to make you rethink life or your existence, nothing particularly deep and meaningful, but the former XFM presenter’s modern fairytale is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read in my life. It’s a feel good, brutally honest and sarcastic piece of art.
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