To celebrate World Book Day, Bishop Vaughan School’s roving reporter, Ameila Reynolds, has been interviewing staff about their favourite books. Today, she spoke to Miss L. Jones about her favourite reads:
What are your favourite books? Why would you recommend them to others?
Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy and My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I would recommend My Sister’s Keeper because it is spiced with humour throughout but is about a very serious issue. Its written from multiple perspectives which makes it multidimensional and its really interesting to read the different viewpoints of the different characters. Its beautifully written, very entertaining and it has a fantastic twist which you don’t see coming. (By the way, don’t watch the film – its rubbish and the ending is completely different!)
What about Tess? Why do you like that book so much?
As for Tess of the D’ubervilles – it is an all-time favourite of mine. It’s fascinating to see how society treated women at the time (and a lesson on how not to treat women). Its hugely thought provoking and I love the way Thomas Hardy allows other literature to inform his writing.
Do you have a favourite quote from either of the books?
I do have a favourite quote but ironically, it’s not written by Hardy but by Algernon Charles Swinburne, from his poem Atalanta:
Behold, when thy face is made bare, he that loved thee shall hate;
Thy face shall be no more fair at the fall of thy fate.