Welcome 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:
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.
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.
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?