Sunday, March 24, 2013

from We Love This Book


Horror writer Julie Myerson picks the six books that mean the most to her  
1. The Reef by Edith Wharton
A lesser-known Wharton novel but, just like her very best, it is complex, clever, sad, funny and unerringly honest in its dissection of American society, money, sex and love – and the terrible, often tragic failure of men and women to understand each other. I came to Wharton’s work only a few years ago and can hardly bear to think I might never have discovered her. I find her prose and her attitudes astoundingly modern and she’s a consistently good read.

Illustrator Frann Preston-Gannon was mentored by the children's author
Maurice's own house could only be described as a treasure trove. His love for beautiful and creative objects was evident in the things he collected – first editions of American literature, William Blake prints, early Mickey Mouse memorabilia – and he loved nothing more than to bring them out and show them to guests. We would visit his archives where you could find folders of work by illustrators such as Beatrix Potter, Randolph Caldecott and, of course, the earlier work of Maurice himself.

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