The Book Thief – Marcus Zusak

The book is set in Germany in 1943 and is written by Death. But given that, the book is a complete surprise as it is written with such a light touch and is so full of life. The quality that makes it very special is the beautiful figurative language with words and phrases good enough to eat. In my book club we all gave it 10 out of 10, except for one who gave it 11!

It is published by Black Swan 2007

John O’Donohue

My first hero is John O’Donohue, an Irish poet and philosopher who sadly died in 2008 but whose rich words live on in all those who read or heard him. I first heard him at Greenbelt, and he had the ability to speak as poetically as he wrote. Reading his books is like sipping honey for the heart – I always say his words changed the shape of my soul. One of my favourite quotes is:
“Prayer is taking silent time to overhear your soul’s conversation with God”.