It’s Jeeves and Wooster for Tiff
P. G. Wodehouse’s Joy in the Morning is one of my favourite books in his series about Bertram Wooster and his clever butler Jeeves. Jeeves always has to save his master who seems to be getting into all sorts of trouble.
This time, Wooster is “trapped” in Bumpleigh Hall with his former fiancée Florence and her current boyfriend Stilton. Throw in another romance involving Boko and Nobby, a secret meeting, a fancy dress party, and a stolen police uniform – with poor Bertie in the thick of the action – and there is complete mayhem that calls for all of Jeeves’ skill and resourcefulness. Tiffany, if you are looking for a read to bring a smile to your face, it’s hard to beat Joy in the Morning.
Maligawage Premaratne, Sub-editor
Football crazy Andrew
Andrew is a die-hard Glasgow Celtic fan so I’m going to recommend he reads Henrik Larsson’s autobiography A Season in Paradise.
I’m certain he would love to read the story of the star Swedish striker who recovered from a horrible leg injury and went on to score a record-breaking 53 goals to help his team win the Scottish League. The book also reveals more about Larsson as a person, provides insight on how he became a top striker, and looks at the team dynamics during his time at Glasgow Celtic.
Sebastien Raybaud, Reporter
A light read for a fun guy
Sam strikes me as the kind of person who likes a fun read, so I think The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is perfect for him.
It’s an amusing whodunnit told through the eyes of Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old with behavioural problems. He puts on his detective hat and interacts with the people around him in order to solve the mystery ... but I won’t spoil it for Sam (or for you). There are so many layers to Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel.
It’ll no doubt make Sam smile – and I highly recommend it to YP readers, too!
Andrew McNicol, Content creator
Nicola, here’s an emotional read
For Nicola, I’m going to recommend Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. Nicola loves reading tragic tales. This book is about the relationship between two people in India, Ammu and Velutha. They’re from different castes, so they aren’t allowed to be together.
Their forbidden love leads to a series of small, unfortunate incidents, all of which turns into one huge and horribly tragic event. I think she’ll enjoy reading this as it will definitely tug at her heartstrings.
Ben Pang, Reporter
Blend of history and reporting
What could be a better book for Seb, our (half) French reporter and history lover, than Is Paris Burning?
This tells the story of how France faced one of the most important moments in its history near the end of the second world war – the liberation, or freeing, of Paris from the hands of the Germans.
The authors – two journalists – interviewed more than 800 witnesses to this event, all of whom have interesting things to share, from who broke the news of the liberation, to the moving details of how Parisians managed to survive the occupation.
Young Wang, Web reporter
Simply a great read for Prema
I think I’d have to recommend Prema Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett. It’s simply one of my all-time favourite reads.
The son of Satan, who will bring about the End Times, accidentally gets switched at birth with a regular baby. As a result, Good and Evil try to hold sway over an unimportant child, while the real Antichrist has a normal childhood – until the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse come together. Then it’s down to an angel and a demon (both of whom really enjoy their boring lives), a witch, and a witchfinder to find the Antichrist child before it’s too late.
I think Prema would really enjoy this book!
Ginny Wong, Sub-editor
Karly, put this on your to-read list
This isn’t the first time I’ve recommended Whitethorn by my favourite author, the late Bryce Courtenay, but it should be on everyone’s list.
Whitethorn is the story of Tom Fitzsaxby, who grew up in an orphanage in South Africa during the late 1930s, when the Afrikaner people deeply resented the English.
Made an outsider in the only place he’s ever called home, the reader follows Tom as he grows up, seeing horrible things and being forced into situations no child should have to go through. His fight for survival is given more meaning than ever on the last page, when you realise why he’s fought so hard all his life.
I pick this novel for Karly because it’s a gorgeous story, set against a sometimes ugly backdrop; but it’s that, and the results, that make it all worth it. Have tissues ready.
Heidi Yeung, Web sub-editor