I have recommended a number of books to the readers of this blog, but there are very few novels I would consider worthy of taking to a desert island, being the only books accessible as a stranded castaway. Such a choice would have to be made particularly carefully.
The BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs requires guests to select eight pieces of music they would choose as hypothetical castaways; music that tells something about their lives, with each choice meaning something particular to them. They are also allowed to choose one book (with the programme rules stating that the complete works of Shakespeare and a religious text such as the Bible are already given).
So, to switch it around, which eight books would you choose to take as a castaway on a desert island? These aren’t necessarily books that you would recommend to others, but ones that mean something to you, that perhaps remind you of something or signify a time in your life. It didn’t take me long to come up with my eight, even though I have loved so many books over the years, and have read so many different genres that I felt should be represented. It might take me a little longer, however, to articulate my thoughts as to why I chose them. So watch this space to see, in no particular order of preference, my Desert Island Book number 1.