So. When I first saw this topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it didn’t seem too clear. However, I have since established that this intriguing theme has everything to do with those books/authors/genres you never really knew anything about but now, through the beauty of that ‘first’ novel…do! A voyage of discovery. Something I’ve experienced most of all with my wonderful book group.
1. Alone in Antarctica; Felicity Aston – I never read non-fiction. Perhaps if I did I might learn something. Turns out that Felicity Aston; adventuress extraordinaire, taught me a lot.
2. Sense and Sensibility; Jane Austen – my first Austen, and my only so far. I love this book…perhaps I simply don’t want to peak too soon…
3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane; Neil Gaiman – Apart from Tolkien and my childhood fantasies, my first proper foray into this genre. Wonderful.
4. The End of the Affair; Graham Greene – Since I disliked Brighton Rock so much, I like to count this brilliant piece of literature as my first true experience of Graham Greene.
5. Jennie; Paul Gallico – This imaginative tale of a little boy stuck in a cat’s body will always represent both my first experience of literature at its best and, of course, the wonderful Paul Gallico.
6. Siddhartha; Herman Hesse – The path to true enlightenment also represents the birth of Literary Relish.
7. Someone Else’s Skin; Sarah Hilary – The thought of reading crime fiction after my working days spent hearing about real-life crime always seemed rather exhausting. Now I realise what all the fuss was about.
8. Mr Norris Changes Trains; Christopher Isherwood – Does anyone love Christopher Isherwood as much as I do?
9. Monsieur Le Commandant; Romain Slocombe – My introduction to the pioneering house of Gallic Books. Bravo.
10. Slaughterhouse 5; Kurt Vonnegut – My other half still won’t read this life-altering slice of dystopian fiction because Daddy Relish mentioned the ‘d’ word to him. For me, this was a word-perfect introduction to the genre.
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