24th Sep 2012
My Three Favourite… Autumn Reads
There’s no fighting it any more. It’s time to stop pretending and pack those summer clothes away. Over the weekend was the first official day of Autumn. And that can only mean one thing. Time to get cosy in an armchair with a book, blanket, and mug of Amaretto.
Want some recommended reads for those Autumnal days and nights? Here’s three choices sure to warm your cockles when it’s cold outside…
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
So what if it was written for children? Even adult readers need the occasional comfort read (think of it as the literary equivalent of apple crumble and custard), and Autumn is an ideal time to indulge in some cosy nostalgia. Revisit spunky cousins Bonnie and Sylvia, and their turbulent time at grand but remote country home, Willoughby Chase.
Featuring a duplicitous governess, scheming servants and ever-present feral wolves who have migrated to Britain through the Channel Tunnel to escape the bitter cold of Europe and Russia, the icy adventures chronicled in this 1963 novel will soon have you feeling warmer about the weather outside.
The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon
A taut confessional tale guaranteed to keep you turning those pages, the sharp-tongued teenage narrator of The Colour of Milk has a distinctive and original voice that’ll stay with you long after the end of the book.
Set in 1831, Mary is the youngest of four sisters, living and working on their family farm under the tyrannical reign of a father who wishes he’d had sons instead. With muddy stockings, moonlit meetings and sinister secrets aplenty, it’s a short but satisfying read perfect for staying indoors with on a stormy night.
A Candle in Her Room by Ruth M. Arthur
Once Autumn is here, before long it’ll be Halloween, and it’s never too early to start spooking yourself into being scared of the dark. Published in 1966, A Candle in Her Room is a creepy young adult novel telling the stories of three generations of women, their relationships with each other and how they come to confront their various demons.
All seemingly brought about by an evil wooden doll named Dido, which seems to have a strange power over anyone who comes too close to it. A cult classic among children and teens, it’s a haunting exploration of cruelty, madness, resilience and redemption. Just don’t come crying to us when your candles start flickering…
What about you? When the weather starts to get dark and dismal, which books do you turn to?