A little while ago I received a request that was dear to my heart: Robyn Mundy (author of Wildlight) is planning a sojourn on Maatsuyker Island. She and her husband are going as volunteer caretakers and weather observers, and (as you know if you took my advice and read Wildlight) they will have no access to email or internet. Naturally, she needs books to read, and she asked me to suggest 15 contemporary novels that I would wish to read if cast away on a remote island for 6 months.
This got me thinking about criteria for selection. Clearly Desert Island Books must be able to withstand re-reading, and they need to be long enough, at least, to last the distance. But there’s more to it than that….
I’ve always said that Ulysses by James Joyce is my Desert Island Book because I’ve read it four times and each time I’ve found…
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