What's the story, Morning Glory?

World Book Day is once upon us again today!
It's great to have a day dedicated to reading (aside from the frantic making of boy costumes at 10 o'clock the night before so they turn up at school in something other than Darth Vader).
 I enjoy hearing recommendations for books I've never heard of that others go back to time and again.
We make all kinds of judgements based on a book cover. 'I know I'm supposed to read this, but does it look interesting? Is it War And Peace? Can I read it in the bath?' (No? Just me?)
And we do it with everything! Even though we like to think we don't.... people, shop fronts, businesses. But we're human, and that's ok.
If the book, person, or company plays their cards right, they've piqued curiosity enough to encourage the right kind of observer to delve further....
And that's our job. Detect, distill and do - unearth our client's story, distill it into chapters and wrap it up in appeal.
Here's some of our fave books and why.
What's yours?

Shogun, James Clavell

This epic saga is based in 17th century Japan, with all the beauty, violence and tragedy of those times. It has all the ingredients of a perfect novel to escape in, power struggles, a hero, strong women, unrequited love, honour, competition, crime - set against a stunning backdrop of Japan, evocatively described by Clavell. No wonder its 1123 pages long, hehe! It was reading this book that put Japan firmly on my bucket list as a place to visit, whichI was fortunate enough to do in 2009 and it didn't disappoint.

Definitely time for a reread.

Julie Diver
Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
My favourite book is Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. It's an fantasy set in the London Underground, with lots of magical creatures and characters. He's a super imaginative writer (also my favourite author) and many of his books have been made into films (CoralineStardust) and TV Shows (Good Omens & American Gods). This copy was illustrated by Chris Riddell (2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate ) - so it's got a lovely cover!
Jackie Bain
The Tower, Uwe Tellkamp
I'm the type of person who choose books and wine by its cover and labels (often make mistakes).
So my favourite book I choose is The Tower by Uwe Tellkamp, because I drew the cover!
Eri Griffen
Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
It's just a brilliant book. I love that it doesn't shy away from portraying the dark side of Victorian life. It's a gritty, heart-wrenching tale from a time before The Welfare State, when the wealth gap even larger than it is today. There was, and is, a perception that modern life is far riskier than 'the good old days' and this book showed the teenage me that people were not that much different over a hundred years ago. When pushed to despiration, people will always turn to crime and violence to feed their families. Those who are wealthy by chance, fate or hard-graft, will always believe they have earned all that they have and that others could do this too, if they weren't lazy and feckless. Of course, the somewhat obvious truth is, that not all can be wealthy, and the wealthier the rich become, the more destitute will be the lot of the poor. Even the miracle of our modern economic Ponzi scheme can't change that. It's interesting to read it again, in light of recent tales of austerity and an ever-widening gap between the haves and have-nots. Despite the miracle of oil-fuelled mechanisation, followed by the computer revolution and now automation, nothing really changes.
Steven Thomson