Sinead Moriarty Fallout 5:
1. Castles Burning: A Child’s Life in War by Magda Denes: A memoir of a little Jewish girl who suffered through the second world war in Budapest. She is a wonderful, spiky, feisty character who helps her family survive. Recounting her life through the war and the aftermath, Castles Burning shows us Magda’s powerful personality, her wonderful storytelling and her remarkable sense of humour which got her through some truly horrific times. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)
2. Four Letters of Love by Niall Williams: While reading this beautiful novel I wondered if Williams is more of a poet than novelist, some of the passages are so stunningly worded that I was blown away. It’s a short book but you can tell that every word has been painstakingly thought out. Williams writes in a very lyrical and magical way about love. Williams suggests that love is a kind of mystical madness and he tells us that to love is to find your true self. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)
3. The Butcher Boy by Pat McCabe: I think Pat McCabe is an incredible writer. What he does with words is jaw dropping. This book is narrated by a boy Francie Brady, who describes his grim and dysfunctional childhood in rural Ireland during the early 1960’s. The book is violent and at times surreal but very moving. It grabs you by the scruff of the neck and shakes you. As Francie descend into madness the book rips your heart out but makes you laugh at the same time – incredible writing. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)
4. On Writing by Stephen King: A must read for everyone who wants to write or is interested in the art of writing. Stephen King was an English teacher before he became a writer and this book is my bible. I return to it again and again. The advice, tools and information King gives aspiring writer is immensely helpful and practical. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)
5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: My favourite childhood novel and the first one I read where there was a character that I desperately wanted to be. Jo March was my absolute heroine. I wanted to be her. I loved her courage, her determination, her kindness to her family and her love of books and writing. Although…I still think she should have ended up with Laurie! (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)
You Suddenly have to run from the bunker, you can only save one book, which do you rescue?
I’d save Little Women because I could read it over and over again and never bore of it.