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Clare Morpurgo's Top Book Recommendations

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Gone to Earth

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Recommended by Clare Morpurgo, and 1 others.

Clare MorpurgoMary Webb is a bit like Thomas Hardy – there are elements about the wildness of the countryside, rather like Tess of the d’Urbervilles or The Woodlanders– both of which I absolutely adored. (Source)

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A Shelley Romance

Recommended by Clare Morpurgo, and 1 others.

Clare MorpurgoIt’s a fascinating book, because it’s by a Frenchman, who obviously was a great anglophile, but he was still a Frenchman, writing about a very English poet – Shelley. (Source)

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The Secret Garden

"One of the most delightful and enduring classics of children's literature, The Secret Garden by Victorian author Frances Hodgson Burnett has remained a firm favorite with children the world over ever since it made its first appearance. Initially published as a serial story in 1910 in The American Magazine, it was brought out in novel form in 1911.

The plot centers round Mary Lennox, a young English girl who returns to England from India, having suffered the immense trauma by losing both her parents in a cholera epidemic. However, her memories of her parents are not pleasant, as...
Recommended by Clare Morpurgo, M G Leonard, and 2 others.

Clare MorpurgoThe book is about a girl coming to live in England from India. She is a sickly child who had a pretty awful early childhood in India. (Source)

M G LeonardThe redemptive power of the natural world and gardening was something that struck a chord with me. (Source)

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Seashore Life and Pattern

Recommended by Clare Morpurgo, and 1 others.

Clare MorpurgoI think the author just loved seaweed and sea urchins – all of sea life, and did pictures of them. It’s not even an information book. It’s about a passion. (Source)

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This volume contains three of Elizabeth David's most popular cookery books: 'Mediterranean Food', 'French Country Cooking' and 'Summer Cooking'. less

Mary BerryLast year my husband and I finally bought our own home in the British countryside and in it was an AGA stove. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an old-fashioned cooker which is always on. That’s useful in the cold, damp British climate. Many people turn theirs off in summer, but we found we didn’t need to—it was still cold enough in July for it to be nice to have a warm kitchen hearth. (Source)

Helena Frith PowellEating is fundamental to life and to some extent defines you. You don’t look good if you live off McDonald’s and Diet Coke. (Source)

Jojo TullohFrench Country Cooking has got briefly written recipes that are encouraging but also kind of improving. It makes you feel like you need to try harder, which is a good thing, but then Elizabeth David says something like, ‘The merit of food, all different kinds of food, is less important than the spirit with which cooking is approached.’ As opposed to being determined to do it in a spirit of... (Source)

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