Reads we love
Top picks from the Writers’ Centre Norwich team

In honour of National Book Lovers Day, we’ve put together a list of our favourites. Do comment below and join the conversation on Twitter – #NationalBookLoversDay!

‘Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. Bathsheba is my favourite heroine and Gabriel Oak is my dream man. I love it so much I have the bee from the front cover forever stamped on me. Also been ranting and raving about Han Kang’s Human Acts since I read it. It’s beautiful, touching and humbling.’

– Freya Gallagher-Jones, Business Development Assistant

‘I also have a tattoo representing my favourite book; Bram Stoker’s Dracula.’

– Stephanie McKenna, Communications Officer

‘At the moment, it’s Parfums: A Catalogue of Remembered Smells by Philippe Claudel. Read the chapter entitled ‘Le Sexe Feminin’ – that’ll ruffle your feathers!’

– Sarah Bower, General Manager

‘Probably have to go for Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale by Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook . It’s about the writing of Doctor Who: Series 4 and is an absolutely fascinating insight into both working on Doctor Who and the writing process, from the trenches.’

– Megan Bradbury, Programme Assistant

‘If graphic novels are allowed, I’ll put in a word for Kieron Gillen’s The Wicked + The Divine, which is an experimental mash-up of musical obsession, a pantheon of gods and mundane London. Sort-of follows on from Gillen’s Phonogram, which is an abstract celebration of 90s music and being None More Goth, it’s also very pretty.’

– Simon Jones, Digital Marketing Manager

‘My favourite book is Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country by Louise Erdrich…closely followed by Implements in their Places by W.S. Graham  and Orlando by Virginia Woolf…and I’ve just fallen in love with Panty by Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay, translated by Arunava Sinha and published by Tilted Axis. Sorry, I can’t choose just one!’

– Florence Reynolds, Programme Assistant

‘Mine changes all the time, but seeing as I’ve just read another of his crime novels, Anthony Berkeley’s The Second Shot is right up there. Also, The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.’

– Rowan Whiteside, Communications Coordinator, Brave New Reads

Moominpapa At SeaA Boy’s Own Story. Emma. Just three!’

– Chris Gribble, Chief Executive

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