Imagine you are shipwrecked on a desert island. You can save three of your favourite books what would they be?
We asked our staff what choices would they make,
scroll down to find out.
All three books have tragedy, incredible characters and a pace to the stories that just keep you turning pages.
I chose The Island due to the historical significance in the book and the beautiful storyline.
I chose The Peach Keeper because I enjoyed the magic element and the character depiction in this book.
The final book I chose which I read years ago was Wives and Daughters, I enjoyed this old classic and the heroines in the book. Just the whole family element and the way they moved around social circles during those times.
Ms N Ali
Shantaram is a true story, fascinating glimpse into India, many stories in one story.
The Time Traveller's Wife - I like the concept, tells a story of true love.
Birdsong - I am a fan of all things WW1 of which this give a gritty account.
Ms S Ahmed
The first book I would save is the Quran as it is my guide to living and this is why it is my first choice as it offers me solitude and a direction on how I should live my life.
The second book I would save is a thousand splendid suns as I think this book provokes so much emotion from me and is such an interesting read that I can read over and over again.
The third book I would save is the biography of Muhammad Ali as it is such an inspirational story that motivates me.
The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde - This novel tells a fascinating story about identity, morality and secret lives.
The Dhammapada - This collection of sayings by Buddha is full of wisdom and compassion.
The Collected poems of Dylan Thomas - Dylan Thomas is my favourite poet. His musical ,mystical and magical verse speaks to my soul
The Stand – Stephen King
I enjoyed reading this book so much when I was younger that I read it again more recently and enjoyed it just as much if not more. It is a book about good versus evil and of course the good side wins.
Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh
Although this book was set in the 1920’s I found it hilarious. The way that Evelyn Waugh described certain situations in the book had me laughing out loud.
The Silent Child – Sarah A Denzil
This is my current read and I am a little over half way through but it keeps me in so much suspense that I can’t wait to get back to it
At school I did Classic's and was fascinated about different stories from other countries.
The Court of the Air is a mixture of Dickens and Pullman. Adventure and crime fighting - how exciting. An Encyclopedia would be great on a desert island because you would always learn something new.
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien - I will never get bored of this story.
London Fields by Martin Amis - Just really funny.
A Lot of Hard Yakka by Simon Hughes - because I love cricket.
To Kill A Mockingbird – I find something new every time I read it
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry – Reinforces the mantra, ‘just keep going and you will get there’.
Jane Eyre – Best last line of a novel – ever!
To kill a mockingbird because the writing is so vivid I can visualise what is happening.
The count of Monte Cristo because it has so many stories all intertwined
War and Peace as I have never read it and I would have time on the desert island to concentrate on it and read the whole book.