Author Sandra Danby has a blog series she refers to as Porridge and Cream, in which she asks other authors to share books that fit her definition:
“…the book you turn to when you need a familiar read, when you are tired, ill, or out-of-sorts, where you know the story and love it. Where reading it is like slipping on your oldest, scruffiest slippers after walking for miles.”
I was delighted to be given the opportunity to share the book I have returned to more often than any other. Normally I read a book once. Only a handful of books have drawn me back twice or more. As a child, I read Alan Garner’s The Owl Service probably three times. As an adult, I have read The Hound of the Baskervilles twice, Trevanian’s Shibumi three times, and Dracula four times. The only other book I can think of that I’ve read repeatedly – and it has been at least six times now, is the one I shared with Sandra.
Unlike Dracula, I won’t claim it’s a classic. I can’t even say it’s brilliantly plotted or it’s timeless (some of the language is so ’70s!). But, somehow, it catches the emotions, and if a book can do that…
If you want to know what the book is, and learn some more about it, click here.