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Readers from Spalding, Crowland and Swineshead help us to celebrate World Book Day




In honour of World Book Day we asked people in the area to select their favourite books and tell us why they love them so much…

Luke Settle, from Swineshead, musician and author.

Book choice: Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

Author and musician Luke Settle with his favourite book - Lisey's Story by Stephen King.
Author and musician Luke Settle with his favourite book - Lisey's Story by Stephen King.

“The reason why this book stood out against any other that I have read is because it felt as though the author was speaking directly to me from every single page. This wasn’t just a book that was incredibly well written, nor did it just tell a magical story...it formed a connection through chapters of relatable emotions trigged from buried memories.”

Luke’s short books ‘Forever’, ‘A Certain Shade of Lipstick’ and the forthcoming ‘Terminal Command’ are available on Amazon in paperback and eBook formats.

Martin Tyrrell, of Spalding theatre group St Nicolas Players.

Martin Tyrrell with his favourite book - The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.
Martin Tyrrell with his favourite book - The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.

Book choice: The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

“My favourite book of all time is ‘The Lord of the Rings’, by JRR Tolkien. Once you get past the first few chapters and grasp the different characters, it becomes easier. You open up a world of such staggering complexity that you are instantly captivated by the story, which is essentially a simple tale of good versus evil, but avoids any religious connotations which would muddy the thread of the narrative...”

Nick Worth, Lincolnshire County Councillor for Culture

County councillor Nick Worth has chosen Blue Moon by Lee Child.
County councillor Nick Worth has chosen Blue Moon by Lee Child.

Book choice: Blue Moon by Lee Child

“I am a big fan of Lee Child and have read most of his books. This one is a particular favourite - there’s only one Jack Reacher! It allows me to escape into a fictional world a million miles from all the real issues, pressures and challenges of being a county councillor.”

Karl Gernert, director, Act II Theatre Company, Spalding.

Karl Gernert of Act II Theatre Company in Spalding with his favourite book - Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.
Karl Gernert of Act II Theatre Company in Spalding with his favourite book - Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.

Book choice: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

“A crazy book for a crazy time (written about another crazy time), Joseph Heller’s seminal World War II novel gets better with every reading. The fortunes and misfortunes of Captain John Yossarian and his fellow US Air Force members is essential reading when trying to capture the horror, inhumanity and futility of war. Heller’s great tool is comic absurdity, from the titular ‘catch’ itself to smaller aspects: the disgraced ex-PFC Wintergreen essentially running the American war effort, Milo Minderbinder’s global egg trade racket…”

Karl’s four-year-old son, Edward, loves books by Oliver Jeffers.

Jodie Schweikhardt, chair of Spalding Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society, with her choice - My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes by Eve Sutton.
Jodie Schweikhardt, chair of Spalding Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society, with her choice - My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes by Eve Sutton.

Jodie Schweikhardt, chair of Spalding Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society.

Book choice: My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes by Eve Sutton

“My favourite book of all time was gifted to me when I was seven-years-old by the bookshop at my primary school. I used to love how everything rhymed, so it was easy for me to remember. It’s a fun book on cats from around the word, e.g. “The cat from Spain flew an aeroplane” and “the cat from France likes to dance”. Each page ends with “but MY cat likes to hide in boxes”. My children loved this book when they were younger too, and no doubt in future when I have grandchildren, I shall be reading it to them!”

Amanda Reynolds, Spalding Library.
Amanda Reynolds, Spalding Library.

The team at Spalding Library have also shared their favourite reads

Amanda Reynolds

Book Choice: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Spalding Library manager Sharman Morriss. (44695718)
Spalding Library manager Sharman Morriss. (44695718)

“This is a dark thriller told from three points of view, set in both the present and the past. It tells the story of Libby who inherits a mansion in Chelsea on her 25th birthday from birth parents she never knew. It is a mixture of family, cults, manipulation and murder. I found it kept me hooked all the way through and the ending didn’t disappoint.”

Manager Sharman Morriss

Book Choice: The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy

Avril Rogers, Spalding Library. (44695722)
Avril Rogers, Spalding Library. (44695722)

“Mildred Hubble is a trainee witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy, and she’s making an awful mess of it. She’s always getting her spells wrong and she can’t even ride a broomstick without crashing it. Will she ever make a real witch? This is a childhood favourite for me, and are such fun stories to this day!”

Avril Rogers

Book Choice: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

“I enjoy a variety of books, especially murder mysteries such as Agatha Christie. I also work as a school librarian and enjoy children’s and teenage titles including Teri Terry who writes gripping fantasy dystopian novels, Roald Dahl – especially the BFG - and Louise Rennison.”

Sue Leavey

Book Choice: Execution by S J Parris (Book six in the Giordano Bruno Thriller series)

“This is an exhilarating read, where 16th century fact meets fiction, to take you on a thrilling journey of treachery, spies and murder. It’s an interesting fast-paced plot, abundant tension with many twists and turns from the very first page to keep you entertained.”

Sue also enjoys The Familiars by Stacey Halls.

Sarah Turner

Book Choice: Foreign Fruit by Jojo Moyes

“I always enjoy anything written by this lovely author. There is a bit of everything, family twists and turns, secrets buried and a good plot.”

Sarah also recommends The 24 Hour Café by Libby Page.

Some of the children at Crowland’s South View Community Primary School have selected their favourite books

Fiel has chosen 'The Pony-Mad Princess’ by Diana Kimpton.
Fiel has chosen 'The Pony-Mad Princess’ by Diana Kimpton.

Fiel: The Pony-Mad Princess by Diana Kimpton

“It is my favourite book because the main character, Princess Ellie, is kind and turns mean people into good people.”

Thomas: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Thomas has chosen Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz.
Thomas has chosen Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz.

“This is my favourite book because I love spy stories. Alex Rider, a character in this book, is a spy.”

Gracie: The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

“The storyline is so exciting and, at some points, tense. Some days, when I was reading it, I could not stop. I wanted to read on and on.”

Gracie has picked The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher.
Gracie has picked The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher.

Oliver: Scorpia, Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz.

“I really like it because it takes lots of unexpected turns. It is really enjoyable.”

Oliver enjoys reading Scorpia, Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz.
Oliver enjoys reading Scorpia, Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz.

Mia: The Sorcerer’s Maze by Blair Polly and D M Potter

“I like this book because it is about a maze and you have to read and answer questions to get on to the next level. I also like the book because in it you go to different places in the world like Mount Everest, the Amazon rainforest, the ocean and so much more...”

Mia from Crowland's South View Community Primary School loves The Sorcerer's Maze by Blair Polly and D M Potter.
Mia from Crowland's South View Community Primary School loves The Sorcerer's Maze by Blair Polly and D M Potter.

Jacob Davies: Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman

“I loved the book because it is so exciting, funny and enjoyable to read.”

Jacob Davies, at Crowland's South View Community Primary School loves Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman.
Jacob Davies, at Crowland's South View Community Primary School loves Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman.


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