Book Lovers Blog

Book Lovers Blog

​We love a good celebration day here at HRM, so when we found out it was #BookLoversDay we knew it was time for a good blog! We’ve all been taking about our favourite books, from childhood favourites to our current reads, there certainly is a variety of genres from the team!

Richard Fidler, Account Director

It’s actually a children’s book called The Final Test by Gareth Owens – I read it years ago and I bought it for my son to read who loved it just as much as me. The story is about two boys who meet by utter chance and spend their summer holiday re-enacting the famous Bodyline series from the 1932/33 Ashes Test matches between England and Australia, (if you’re not a cricket fan you may need to Google it). The book is jam packed with sport, history, friendship and coping with the loss of someone close to you.

Simon Waller, Video and Creative Account Manager

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl brings back some great childhood memories for me. I remember how my nan would sit and read this book to me. Not to mention any spoilers, but the book describes George’s grandma of having “a small puckered up mouth like a dog’s bottom.” I used to find that absolutely hilarious as a child but let’s be honest it’s still hilarious now.

Jill Theobald, Copyright and Content Manager

It’s too difficult to pick just one, so I’ll go for a recent book I read called The Party by Elizabeth Day.It’s about a guy who wins a scholarship to a public school where he meets a rich pupil and becomes life-long friends with him. But at the titular party – the posh pal’s 40th – it all kicks off. Because who doesn’t love a bit of drama? I read this book pretty much over a weekend and then immediately started thinking about who could play the characters in a TV or film adaptation. It also made me seek out other books by Elizabeth Day and I’ve since read another two of her three novels, you could say I’m a superfan now!

Laura Metcalfe, Senior Account Executive

I love so many books, my list is forever growing, but I recently read A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and it’s easily made it into my top five. The story is about four friends who live in New York and follows them from when they meet in college and throughout their lives. It’s powerful, heartbreaking and I honestly couldn’t put it down – I laughed, I cried (a lot) and, while I did rush to finish it, I really didn’t want it to end.

Joe Bamford, Senior Account Executive.

My favourite would have to be Chris Ryan’s Strikeback. I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a massive bookworm myself but this was one of the first “proper” books which I read so it will always stick in my memory.I’m all about action/thrillers and this book was made into a TV series on the back of its success so what’s not to like?”

Olivia Muggeson, Intern

My favourite childhood book was Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy, this is one my mum used to read to me. It’s all about a family of hippos (coincidentally my mum's favourite animal) who live a chaotic life. The mother hen (or hippo shall I say) can’t even get 5 minutes of peace and quiet in the bath without her children coming in. My mum used to joke with me and my sister about how much she can relate to the mother hippo which is probably why I remember this book so well.”

Sarah-Louise Kelsey, Intern

My favourite book has to be The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – it’s the fastest I’ve ever read a book, probably because it’s so fast paced itself. It draws upon such a simple action, travelling past and observing the same places every day. But it goes into so much emotional depth and really encapsulates the thoughts of the main character bringing the story to life. The author creates such a strong connection between herself and the reader. An absolute must read.