#THEPOOLREADS This week we're reading... 1 min #THEPOOLREADS This week we're reading... 1 min Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, A moving meditation on life and death and Patricia Highsmith's Carol Added on 20.10.17 Posted on 20.10.17 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Email LinkedIn Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, A moving meditation on life and death and Patricia Highsmith's Carol Posted on 20.10.17 Lynn Enright is listening to… I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell This is a moving meditation on life and death – O’Farrell outlines 17 near-death experiences in anecdotes that range from almost banal to the heart-stoppingly tense. It's brilliant on the experience of being a woman – on feeling unsafe in public, on loving and being loved, and on mother- and daughterhood. It's made me cry on the bus – twice. • BUY I Am, I Am, I Am on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Hannah Banks-Walker is reading… Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys I've got about 372,829 books in my bag for my hols but I've decided to read Wide Sargasso Sea for the 89th time on the plane because it's one of my absolute faves. I think it's one of the most beautiful, heartbreaking books. • BUY Wide Sargasso Sea on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Amy Jones is rereading… His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman The Book of Dust comes out this week, so to prepare I'm rereading the His Dark Materials trilogy. I loved these books as a teenager but I'm appreciating them *so* much more as an adult. They're beautifully written, with casual asides that break your heart (I will never truly be over Tony Makarios's poor mother), and contain more multitudes than you can really appreciate in one reading. • BUY the His Dark Materials trilogy on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Caroline O’Donoghue is reading… Carol by Patricia Highsmith It's my third Patricia Highsmith novel in as many weeks, and no, I'm not getting tired of her yet. I've been fixating on her crime novels, so reading this delicate, complex love story between two women in 1950s New York is slightly less high-octane, but just as satisfying. I didn't love the film version of Carol – too many long silences for me – but its deeply internal narrative makes for much better reading than watching. • BUY Carol on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop. Jo Morrell is reading… the Great Victorians series I discovered this Great Victorians series while buying 7 and 8 year old birthday presents at the weekend. It’s a lovely collection of well told lively biographies celebrating the women and men of this age. Great story telling with a little quiz and all the key dates you need to know at the back. (The kids learn about many of these characters in Key Stage 1 so ticks a couple of boxes.) • BUY the Great Victorians series on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.