My favourite read of the last 10 years

Posted by Guy Pringle, 1st September 2010

For our forthcoming 10th birthday issue, some bright spark thought it would be a good idea to ask the team one of those impossible questions.

Now I know what it feels like to be on Desert Island Discs – of course it’s invidious to only be allowed one from so many. One of the biggest joys of the last ten years has been bringing so many books I feel passionate about to the attention of so many other readers who have then enjoyed them as much as me.  

I could crow about the many authors whose debuts we featured who have gone on to bigger and better things but the book that encapsulates the last decade for me is Altered Land by Jules Hardy. Whenever an opportunity to enthuse has presented itself, whether in the magazine or at the various events I’ve been involved in, more often than not there’s been an answering cry of, ‘Yes, that did it for me, too.’

Back in nb52, Rachel Cornthwaite’s letter ‘returned’ her late mother’s copy to fill the gap in my library. ‘I know she [Margaret Godfrey] enjoyed some conversations with you about books. She was a lifelong bookworm and read widely from an early age. I’m very grateful that she passed her love of books and reading to me.’ And that, surely, is what this is all about.

I’m told Jules is writing again and have put my name down for the earliest proof of whatever results, but if you come across a copy of Altered Land, do yourself a favour and make time for it. You won’t be disappointed.

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