Reading Diary

February 2015

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen - Paul Torday
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett
Elizabeth is Missing - Emma Healey
The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
Flambards - KM Peyton

January 2015

Room - Emma Donahue
The Paying Guests - Sarah Walters
Jump - Jilly Cooper
Tigers In Red Weather - Lisa Klausmann
Love Nina - Nina Stibbe

December 2014

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler
The Night Watch - Sarah Waters
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffner and Annie Barrows
Christmas at High Rising - Angela Thirkell

November 2014

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
Before I Go To Sleep - SJ Watson
A Hologram for the King - Dave Eggers
Small Island - Andrea Levy

October 2014

Gone Girl  - Gillian Flynn
The Circle - Dave Eggers
Dead Man's Land - Robert Ryan
Beyond Black - Hilary Mantel
Wicked - Jilly Cooper

September 2014

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?  - Jeanette Winterson
Archipelago - Monique Roffey
Still Life - Louise Penny

August 2014

Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
Score - Jilly Cooper
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

July 2014

May We Be Forgiven -AM Homes
The Stone Diaries -Carol Shields
Dad Rules - Andrew Clover
Strangers On A Train - Patricia Highsmith

June 2014

The Radetzky March - Joseph Roth
The White Queen - Philippa Gregory
Crampton Hodnet - Barbara Pym

May 2014

The Last Wild - Piers Torday
Conference at Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
Hidden Lives - Margaret Forster
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

April 2014

Snap Happy - Fiona Walker
Hotel du Lac - Anita Brookner
My Mother Was An Upright Piano, Fictions - Tania Hershman
A Book of Nonsense - Mervyn Peake
Loitering With Intent - Muriel Spark

March 2014

We Need New Names - NoViolet Bulawayo
The Rodmell Papers - Diana Gardner
Wild Strawberries - Angela Thirkell
In the Psychiatrist's Chair -Anthony Clare
The Fountain Overflows - Rebecca West
Trading Up - Candice Bushnell
The Pearl - John Steinbeck
Three Mothers (and a camel) - Phyllida Law

February 2014

Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
Midwinter Blood -Marcus Sedgewick
Frost Hollow Hall - Emma Carrol
Remarkable Creatures - Tracey Chevalier
Possession - AS Byatt
The Lady in the Tower - M L Jensen


Anonymous said...

How did you get the idea of writing this story? Is this story based on true experience?
Was it always easy to write this book or did you have times when it was difficult to go on writing?
Do you have any intensions with this story?

Anonymous said...

The previous questions are meant for your book "Bullet Boys"

Ally said...

Hi Anonymous. Sorry for delay. Now I know questions are about Bullet Boys it makes sense! Thank you for your interest.
Bullet Boys was inspired by the idea of 3 lads breaking into an army base. Also inspired by the landscape of Dartmoor, UK.
The story is not based on true experience! (I have not yet been chased over Dartmoor by a frenzied soldier! though as a child I was once stalked by teenager with an air rifle.. very scary, I did try to remember this fear when writing about the hunt for Max) I never find it constantly easy to write, and this was no exception, but I did enjoy writing Max, the troubled, neurotic nut case who makes plenty of mischief and cannot resist stirring up trouble with the local young soldiers.
My intent with this book, and all the others, is to present a set of diverse characters and to attempt to create an entertaining story. There is no conscious agenda beyond that. Hope this answers your questions, Ally K.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for your answers.

Emma said...

Hello I am currently writing a book report about you, I have a couple of questions for you as I would like to write some facts about you.
Who is your favourite character in sparks and why?
Why did you decide to become an author after all of the cool jobs you had ?