Triple Choice Tuesday: Farm Lane Books

Triple-Choice-TuesdayWelcome to Triple Choice Tuesday. This is where I ask some of my favourite bloggers, writers and readers to share the names of three books that mean a lot to them. The idea is that it might raise the profile of certain books and introduce you to new titles, new authors and new bloggers.

Today’s guest is Jackie from Farm Lane Books Blog.

Jackie lives in Surrey with her husband and two young sons. She gave up a career as an analytical chemist to look after her two boys and took the opportunity to work with books — her real passion. She started selling second-hand books online five years ago and progressed onto reviewing them on her blog a few years later.

Her oldest son has Asperger’s syndrome so she has a special interest in books containing characters with autism.

Without further ado, here’s Jackie’s Triple Choice Tuesday selections:

AFineBalance A favourite book: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

A Fine Balance is set in India in the mid-1970s and shows how the lives of four ordinary people are overturned by the Emergency, a period of political turmoil and violence. It brings the country to life, enabling you to feel what it was like to live in the slums, struggling to survive each day. There is violence and death, but there is also love and an endless feeling of hope that warms the heart. The writing is extraordinary and I cannot imagine reading a better book.

Rupture A book that changed your world: Rupture by Simon Lelic

This book was only published last year, but it has become one of my favourites. Before reading Rupture I thought that murderers were evil people, but this book changed the way I look at criminals. It made me realise that the perpetrator of a crime is often a victim too, and I now have a great deal of sympathy for those who are so desperate that they feel they have to commit these terrible acts. I find myself recommending Rupture to a wide range of readers, because I think it is accessible as well as thought provoking.

When-I-was-five-I-killed-myself A book that deserves a wider audience: When I Was Five I Killed Myself by Howard Buten

This novella has an interesting history. It was originally published in the US in 1981 under the title Burt, but sadly failed to take off there. It then became hugely popular in France and ended up becoming a classic in the country. It is a real shame that When I Was Five I Killed Myself is virtually unknown in the English-speaking world, because I think it deserves to become a classic in all languages.

The book begins with a boy letting us know that he is in a Children’s Trust Residence Centre for the terrible thing he did to a girl called Jessica. What he did and why is slowly revealed in this emotional, thought-provoking book that questions the way we treat those in society who behave differently to others. As the mother of a child with Asperger’s syndrome this book has an added resonance for me and I hope that many more people will decide to read it.

Thanks, Jackie, for taking part in my Triple Choice Tuesday!

I’ve had A Fine Balance in my TBR for quite awhile, and I read Rupture last year and found it an intriguing look at what drives a person to murder others in his care. I’ve now added When I Was Five I Killed Myself to my wishlist!

What do you think of Jackie’s choices? Have you read any of these books?

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43 thoughts on “Triple Choice Tuesday: Farm Lane Books

  1. Great choices Jackie. I’ve read A Fine Balance which I think is a brilliant book although not one I would want to re-read. I heard a lot about Rupture but haven’t read it yet. And I haven’t heard of When I Was Five I Killed Myself, so thank you for the rec.

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  2. Sakura, I re-read A Fine Balance last year and I highly recommend doing so. On reading it the first time I was struck by the terrible events and hardship they faced, but the second reading revealed the lighter side to everything and I found it to be a much more positive book than I first thought. It isn’t as bad as you think it it 😉

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  3. Thanks, Judith, I’ve posted more than 30 of these now and I always get excited seeing what people choose. Consequently my wishlist has grown in size rather massively!

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  4. A Fine Balance is one of my favourites too. I haven’t come across either of the other two, but will look out for them as they sound very intriguing
    Agree with Judith, this is a good feature, read it regularly

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  5. I have A Fine Balance and will get to it later this summer and have wanted to read Rupture and When I Was Five I Killed Myself for a while. Especially When I Was Five…
    Love these choices, Jackie.

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  6. Ooooh I want to read A FINE BALANCE now, sounds terrific. I also thought RUPTURE a brilliant book – probably my most recommended (i.e. forcefully shoved into people’s hands) book of the last few years.

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  7. I haven’t read any of these but they do all appeal. I think we have a similar taste in dark books 🙂 Looks like I need to get a copy of Rupture. Have you ever read ‘In Cold Blood’? That also examines the criminal mind in an unusual way.

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  8. Tracey, I agree with you and Judith – Kim has a fantastic feature here. It has introduced me to lots of wonderful new books. I’ve actually just been browsing past posts and remembered some books I had forgotten about. My poor wishlist is straining under the pressure.

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  9. Bernadette, LOL! I’ve been shoving Rupture into the hands of unsuspecting friends too 🙂 It is sad that so few people have heard of it, because it deserves a much wider audience. It is such a shame that the TV book club didn’t pick it as I think it would have been the perfect choice.

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  10. I must read the Rohinton Mistry one day soon. Agree that Rupture was superb – a book that has grown on me since I read it too, more often it’s the other way around.

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  11. I’ve heard about all of these books over on Jackie’s blog and think they sound fabulous. I’ve actually got copies of the first two she mentions, though I haven’t been able to find a copy of the last one. Jackie’s choices are always sure to be engaging reads!

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  12. Hi Jackie
    Upon your recommendation I have read A fine Balance as well as When I was Five, I agree completely with the first title awesome book. I completely disagree with the latter. Hate to say this but I felt was a waste of my time. But I will be on the lookout for Rupture hopefully I can find in Canada. My latest recommendation The Last Kestrel by Jill McGivering .5* hope you will try it
    Carol Martin

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  13. Great selection of books, I have A Fine Balance and Rupture in the TBR so with those passionate thoughts on them I shall have to move them up.
    When I Was Five sounds very very interesting and how strange that it vanished and then became something of a cult in France. I love stories about how books become big where etc.

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  14. Steph, It is good to hear that you’ve got copies of the first two. When I Was Five is quite rare and so you aren’t likely to find a copy in a library/second-hand bookshop. Copies are available on Amazon though. Perhaps if you love the first two you could take a chance on it. 😉

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  15. Carol, I’m so sorry that you didn’t enjoy When I Was Five. I can see why it wouldn’t be for everyone, but I’m afraid I have a soft spot for books about autism and I loved the way this one questioned how responsible they are for their actions.
    Thanks for the recommendation of The Last Kestral – I love the sound of it and so have just bought a copy. Hopefully I’ll enjoy it as much as you did.

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  16. Simon, I think you’ll really enjoy Rupture and so I recommend you start with that one.
    It is weird how some books take off in one country and not others – especially when they are so good. It just shows how important good marketing is, as without it wonderful books just slide under the radar. 😦

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  17. Jackie
    I feel confident you will enjoy The Last kestrel .Unfortunately have not been able to find Rupture here in Canada yet will have to try some other venues. Any suggestions other than amazon uk as their shipping rates are quite costly. Thanks

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  18. thank you kimbo fo I found it under the title A Thousand Cuts here in Canada. Doesn’t that drive you nuts but at least I can no buy here. Yes I have used Book depository on several occasions but they currently did not have the book in stock.
    Carol

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  19. Hi, These three books look and sound really interesting particularly Rupture I haven’t read any of them but will be adding them to my wish list.
    Thanks for sharing them
    Kim
    x

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  20. I’ve read two of the three (A Fine Balance and Rupture) although I have had When I Was Five on my wishlist for ages. Fine Balance is one of my all-time favourites as well – it’s just – in my opinion, words fail to describe it. I remember feeling quite annoyed by the people at Booker-land who chose Midnight’s Children over this as the Best of the Bookers…. what’s that about?!

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  21. Several people have recommended A Fine Balance to me so when I found a copy that didn’t have Oprah’s sticker on it I got one, just haven’t had a chance to read it yet. 😉
    Rupture sounds interesting – I already come from the perspective that there are causes for crimes and it’s generally a bigger issue than someone being born “sick”, but it’d be interesting reading.
    I hadn’t heard of the third one but it sounds like a book that would make me cry! All the more reason to look for it. Thanks Jackie, and Kim!

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  22. Hi Jackie
    Have just finished Rupture which has been retitled A Thousand Cuts in Canada. This was most definitely my favourite of your three nominations. All books so very different in subject matter,writing style. I highly recommend this book to all who read your blog. With thanks
    Carol

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  23. anothercookiecrumbles, A Fine Balance didn’t even win the Booker Prize – it was won by Last Orders by Graham Swift in the year of its release. A good example of how judges can get it so wrong. 😦 I don’t have a problem with Midnight’s Children winning Best of Bookers as it is a fantastic book, but something went wrong when A Fine Balance only made the short list.

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