On the blog today, we have Kate Field popping by with her #FavFive. Her new novel is called The Magic Of Ramblings and is out now.
Running away can be the answer if you run to the right place…
When Cassie accepts a job as companion to an old lady in a remote Lancashire village, she hopes for a quiet life where she can forget herself, her past and most especially men. The last thing she wants is to be drawn into saving a community that seems determined to take her to its heart – and to resuscitate hers…
Frances has lived a reclusive life at Ramblings, a Victorian Gothic mansion, for over thirty years and now Barney is hiding away there, forging a new life after his medical career ended in scandal. He doesn’t trust the mysterious woman who comes to live with his rich aunt, especially when she starts to steal Frances’ affection – and maybe his own too…
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#FavFive Feature with Kate Field
What’s your favourite book cover by another author and why?
I have cover envy all the time!
If I had to choose one, I’d say The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. The cover is an extraordinary work of art, and fits the story perfectly. It’s fascinating to watch the videos about how it was made. You couldn’t walk past it in a bookshop without stopping to take a look.
What is your favourite time to read?
I can read at any time, and will snatch any spare minutes I can! My favourite times are probably on holiday, and when I’m waiting outside school on the school run, probably because it’s guilt-free reading time – there’s no nagging little voice in my head telling me I should be doing something else!
I try to read from 10pm every night, as it helps me relax before I go to bed. Reading in bed is my ultimate luxury!
Do you have a favourite snack to nibble whilst reading?
This is tricky because my favourite snack is chocolate, but I’m precious about my books and hate the thought of dropping chocolate crumbs on them! This is where my Kindle comes in handy! I like most chocolate, but I’m particularly partial to a Fry’s chocolate cream bar.
Who is your favourite book character that has stayed with you long after the book ended?
I’m going with the first answer that came into my head, and that’s Anne Elliot from Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I studied the book at A level, but was the only person in my class who enjoyed it: most people thought Anne was dull and uninteresting, and I suspect they thought the same of me! But ultimately Anne finds the love she deserves because of her goodness and kindness, not because she’s the loudest or the best looking, and that message meant a lot to me at the time. I think she was the first character in a book that I truly identified with.
What is your favourite book quote?
This is another difficult one because I have a notebook in which I write down quotes and it dates back to 1990! Some inspire me, others must have had special meaning on the day I wrote them down, and some are just sentences that are so beautifully written that I want to remember them.
I added this one when I was 21, and I still love it now. It’s from Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.
‘I am glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love. For it is a fever, and a burden, too, whatever the poets may say. They are not brave, the days when we are twenty-one. They are full of little cowardices, little fears without foundation, and one is so easily bruised, so swiftly wounded, one falls to the first barbed word. Today, wrapped in the complacent armour of approaching middle age, the infinitesimal pricks of day by day brush one but lightly and are soon forgotten, but then – how a careless word would linger, becoming a fiery stigma, and how a look, a glance over a shoulder, branded themselves as things eternal.’
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