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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

My favourite reads: Sophie Prideaux

Here are five books that resonated with me because they provoke emotion and self-reflection

A handout book cover image of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Courtesy: HarperCollins UK) *** Local Caption *** Eleanor Oliphant Cover.jpg
A handout book cover image of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Courtesy: HarperCollins UK) *** Local Caption *** Eleanor Oliphant Cover.jpg

Ask me what my favourite book is and I will probably always give you a different answer. There are so many stories that have resonated with me for many different reasons, but the one thing they all have in common is the emotion and self-reflection they provoke. Here are my top five picks.

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran (2014)

Witty, smart and oh-so-relatable, Caitlin Moran’s How To Build a Girl follows the semi-autobiographical story of 14-year-old Johanna Morrigan as she attempts to transition through those difficult teenage years into the woman she dreams of being. Determined to escape her Wolverhampton council estate, she sets her sights on moving to London to become a music journalist.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (2018)

Based on the real-life story of Lale Sokolov, a Jewish prisoner tasked with tattooing every Auschwitz inmate with their identity number, this is a story that showcases the best and absolute worst of humanity. When Lale tattoos the arm of a young and terrified Gita, it is love at first sight and so follows a renewed fight for survival, giving light in the darkest of places.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (2006)

While Flynn may be known for her bestseller Gone Girl, it was her debut, Sharp Objects, that stayed with me. It tells the story of a small town facing a terrible tragedy, forcing a journalist to return home and investigate the case, in turn facing up to her own demons. It’s a tense and chillingly dark tale, but it keeps you guessing until the very end.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (2017)

This book is full of surprises. You will instantly find a piece of someone you know in Eleanor Oliphant, an outsider in every situation who is so used to her own company she doesn’t know how to let people in. This is the story exploring loneliness in a modern-day world and forces you to face up to assumptions and judgements we have all made.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (2002)

Susie Salmon is just 12 years old when she is raped and murdered, but that is just the start of this distressing story. The book focuses on the aftermath of this and grief of her family, told from the perspective of Susie as she watches from heaven. It’s a tough read, but explores the power of love and selflessness, and really struck a chord with me.

Sophie Prideaux is a lifestyle writer at The National

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