The physio came to see my last week, it was the first time I’d seen her in person for about a year although we’ve checked in on the phone or via email a bit.
One of her questions was what she should read next. I’d recommended a couple of books to her before and she’d enjoyed them. She said she knew I would suggest something good.
My first thought was that I didn’t remember what I’d recommended before. Then she mentioned the titles when she was saying how much she liked them. They were Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (although I’ve got a feeling I mentioned it and she was already reading it back then) and Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon. She told me she enjoyed reading about Elsie so much she had recommended it to several other people since.
With no warning my recommendations were that she should read both of Iona Grey’s books. Because I loved Letters to the Lost and four or so years later I still always recommend it to people all the time. I also told her I hadn’t finished reading the new one The Glittering Hour but I was enjoying it a lot.
My other recommendation was Vox by Christina Dalcher. I read Vox in one day – started it on the train to Birmingham in the morning and finished it once I got home that evening, desperate to know what happened and at the same time not wanting it to end. It’s such a powerful read and I’ve thought about the premise a lot in the month since I read it.
Then just after she left I thought of another book and was like “why didn’t I recommend…” and a bit later I caught sight of a book on the shelf and thought “I really should have mentioned that…”
So having given it some considerable consideration (and because I don’t think it’s acceptable to email a healthcare professional just to discuss books) here is my current list of books I think people should read – as inspired by the physio
- Letters to the Lost and The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey
- Vox by Christina Dalcher
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris
- The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
- The Lido by Libby Page
- The Manhattan Project by Paul McNeive
- The Wayfarers Series by Becky Chambers
- Anything by Haruki Murakami (Kafka on the Shore and Killing Commendatore are my particular faves)
- The Red Ribbon by Lucy Adlington
And because it’s my list and I make the rules, I’m going to give an honourable mention to Say Hello by Carly Findlay as a book that I’m really keen to read. It’s only out in print/ebook in Australia but has just been released worldwide on audiobook so I plan to get that when I finish my current audiobook.