Recommended Reading in the Time of Coronavirus

  24 Jul '20   |  Posted by: Birlinn

Our own Alexander McCall Smith is amongst 100 of the world’s favourite writers to reveal what they have been reading during quarantine. Taken together, all of these reading favourites make quite the recommended reading list!

The Literary Hub team have pulled together a list of the books 100 writers have been reading during the Coronavirus months. You can find the full list here and below. It is the best recommended reading resource around and a fascinating insight into the reading habits of those we most admire. They have included the selection that Alexander made with the LA Times:

  • Douwe Draaisma, Why Life Speeds Up As You Get Older
  • Abbot Christopher Jamison, Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life
  • Evelyn Waugh, the Sword of Honour trilogy
  • W. H. Auden
  • Shakespeare’s sonnets (via LA Times)

100 writers are included so the list itself is compulsive reading. Who is reading Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Kate Clayborn’s Love Lettering, Jack London’s White Fang, Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Gabriel García Márquez Love in the Time of Cholera, Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass…? Fascinating stuff.

Tiny Tales by Alexander McCall Smith is published in August.
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