Andria Williams is an author and writer who’s debut novel The Longest Night is out now (Amazon UK/ Amazon US). She also runs the Military Spouse Book Review blog, which promotes the writing of female veterans and military spouses as well as publishing book reviews.

Andria Williams’ Fallout 5:

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood: This is a novel I could read again and again (and I have), finding something new each time. I chuckle at Grace Marks’s seditious thoughts, and Atwood can play off a Victorian absurdity (she was herself a Victorian scholar) like no one else. A fascinating, character-driven mystery, ‘Alias Grace’ tells the story of a young Irish servant who is accused of killing her employer and his pregnant mistress. Grace was alternately portrayed as a victim of circumstance and as a cunning femme fatale. Chapters alternate between Grace’s perspective and that of the young doctor employed by a local reform group to try and ensure her pardon. It’s historical fiction at its best. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)
alias grace

The Son by Philipp Meyer: If you’re going to be limited to five books, then I say go big. There’s no weight limit, right?! I’d most definitely bring ‘The Son,’ which, being told by three characters, can almost count for three books. It’s the story of a Texas dynasty dating back to the 19th century, and there’s so much excitement, social commentary, humor, and sorrow in its pages that I could read it fifty times without tiring. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)
 the son

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: On fall nights, I’d want something creepy and a little scary. I’d also want something that eased, or at least validated, the immense loneliness I’d probably feel being stuck in a bunker with only five books, and there’s no story that describes loneliness better than this one. Shelley’s writing is so psychological and deep, I could at least pretend I was analyzing the minds of fellow humans while I read. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

Blindness by Jose Saramogo: To ease my feelings of claustrophobia and also because it’s one of the most simultaneously brutal and hopeful books about human nature that I know. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf: Because its beauty is unsurpassed, and I would want something sad and beautiful. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)
to the lighthouse

You Suddenly have to run from the bunker, you can only save one book, which do you rescue?
Definitely the Margaret Atwood one!
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