It’s been far too long since we last wrote in this space, life has been so very busy here at Berkhamsted School since the beginning of term and our feet haven’t touched the ground for what seems like months! However, we are hoping to redress the balance and talk again about one of our favourite topics, which will come as no surprise – books!
We are featuring, during several entries, reviews and recommendations of books read during those heady days of summer, which are exciting, thought provoking, and purely enjoyable reads…
To kick off our reading year, our new Deputy Head (Teaching and Innovation), Mrs Butland, is a self-confessed avid reader and has sent along a long list of books she has read recently. For her Sixth Form Politics classes she recommends:
- Robert Harris‘s novels:
- The ghost
- The dictator
- Louis de Bernières’s novel, Captain Corelli’s mandolin
- An essay entitled We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
For a generally great read, she recommends these fantastic books:
- I am, I am, I am by Maggie O’Farrell – “If you haven’t read it, you must, it’s wonderful”; similarly
- Shakespeare saved my life by Dr Laura Bates; and
- Bonjour tristesse by Françoise Sagan; and
- The phantom tollbooth by Norton Juster
In a later message, we received two more recommendations from Mrs Butland and wanted to include these here:
Well, that’s my reading list for the forthcoming half-term holiday, what a fantastic range of material from which to choose… What’s on your TBR pile?