To celebrate World Book Day we asked our team what recent reads have impressed them, which memorable novels stayed with them long after the final word, and what page-to-stage adaptations are worth seeking out.
We adore the power of a good book and revel in an excuse to collate a list of our go-to reads in the hope that you, too, will seek these out and fall in love just as we did.
Everything I Know About Love, Dolly Alderton.
Journalist Dolly Alderton writes frankly about being a young woman in the social media age. Dolly’s witty memoir is filled to the brim with anecdotal stories of friendship and first dates, as well as more serious asides about disordered eating and the struggles of finding your feet as a 20-something. It’s an absolute go-to for women everywhere.
Revolution, Emmanuel Macron.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s inspiring memoir is the perfect read for anyone working in the public sector. The book is a brilliant reminder of how to maintain vision and a sense of purpose, while battling outdated red tape. A particular takeaway message that struck a chord was the idea that we create most of these perceived barriers ourselves and we can – and should – rise above it in order to best serve our communities.
The Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling.
The Harry Potter series of books continues to leave a lasting impression on us and we love the legacy it’s left for younger readers too. Our Dance Education Officer Alana is particularly excited about seeing Harry Potter and The Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre on London’s West End this June as the story of the magical world we’ve all come to love continues to live on.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Mark Haddon.
Mark Haddon’s novel is an immersive exploration of how people with Asperger’s see everyday life. The book explores how tasks such as buying a train ticket or asking for directions can be hugely stressful experiences for those living with the condition. It’s a truly insightful read that we can’t recommend enough.
Our Marketing Officer James loved the National Theatre’s award-winning adaptation too, particularly the performance of Scott Reid and the imaginative set design.
The Jolly Postman, Allan Ahlberg.
Allan Ahlberg’s joyous children’s book still delights us as grownups. Our Marketing Officer Jenny recalls saving up several weeks worth of pocket money to buy the book, revelling in the simple pleasures of both receiving post and reading great stories.
The Secret History, Donna Tartt.
Donna Tartt’s story of Dionysian revelry and secret murder is a slow-burning tale, intertwining depictions of Classical Greece and contemporary America in a way that is unlike anything we’ve read before. The book is total marmite, but those who do fall head over heels for it will be both excited and inspired by this hypnotic novel.
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott.
Little Women is a classic story of sisterhood, friendship and growing up. Alcott’s novel is a beautifully written tale that follows the paths of four delightful young women who each tread their own unique road. We love this timeless novel because it’s not only transcendent of time and place, but it’s both moving and funny, and an unsuspecting guide on how to be your best self. It’s also an example of early feminist literature that truly appeals to all.
Eeeny Meeny, M. J. Aldridge.
Eeeny Meeny is a fast-paced crime thriller set in and around Southampton. We love it because It features a whole bunch of recognisable sites that, as Hampshire residents, are a joy to see come alive on the page. It’s a minute-by-minute journey across the city, and one that shouldn’t be missed.
If you loved our list of great reads you’ll love these…
This summer The Point Youth Theatre presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame, adapted for the stage by Neil Duffield from Victor Hugo’s famous French novel.
Join Captain Flinn and the tyrannical Mr T-Rex as Les Petits Theatre presents a fun-filled, toe-tapping book adaptation this spring at The Point. To find out more, and book your tickets, visit our What's On page.
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