Of course you want more book suggestions to feed your habit…
You want a courageous heroine – here’s a baker’s dozen of them:
- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – get two for the price of one – Bonnie and Sylvia.
- My Name is Mina – Mina is imaginative, fragile and full of creative courage.
- Jane Eyre – “I am a free human being with an independent will.” Enough said.
- Chantress – Lucy, who finds her own voice in the midst of upheaval. A remarkable story full of the truth of creativity.
- Matilda -“I’m wondering what to read next.” Matilda said. “I’ve finished all the children’s books.” Roald Dahl at his best.
- The Ransom of Dond – Darra shows the courage of love in a beautiful myth.
- Coraline – for goodness’ sake, read the book. She did not need a male sidekick to face the Other Mother.
- A Face like Glass – Neverfell, with her honesty and her expressions take on Caverna. A marvellous fantasy, with depth – and cheese.
- The Visitors – deafblind Adeliza Golding is no Victorian victim!
- The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland – Once you’ve met September, it’s hard to forget her.
- Charlotte’s Web – I never thought I could love a spider.
- The Book Thief – ah lovely Liesel, naughty and curious and so alive.
Escape to the country?
Each of these is so evocative of the place you will either want to dash there immediately – or avoid it like a sink-hole.
- Watership Down – Hampshire chalk uplands
- The Stone Book Quartet – Cheshire stone country
- Snow falling on Cedars – Puget Sound, Washington State
- Cold Comfort Farm – Deepest Sussex
- The Whale Rider – Maori New Zealand
- The Summer Book – Finnish Archipelago
- Greenvoe – Orkney
- The White Darkness – Antarctica
- The Shipping News – Newfoundland
- Sea Glass – New Hampshire coast
- Waterland – the Fen Country
- The Kingdom by the Sea – Northumberland coast